What to Expect From Manu Ginobili and Spurs Shooting Guards
Manu Ginobili missed out on a golden opportunity this offseason as he was unable to play for Argentina in the FIBA World Cup with a fibula injury. How the 37 year old rebounds from the injury will be key for the Spurs. Danny Green will likely start at shooting guard, but Ginobili will remain a focal point of their bench, along with Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli.
Danny Green- Danny Green will likely start at shooting guard, like he did last year for the most part. Green is one of the better shooters in the NBA, as he is a career 42% three point shooter. He is also a solid defender that can defend forwards as well. Expect a year similar to what he did last season, as he should average around 9-10 points with three to four rebounds.
Manu Ginobili- At the age of 37 the last thing Manu Ginobili can have is a bad break, such as the one he had over the summer with his fibula injury. Ginobili might not be the game changer he was five to ten years ago, but he still impacts the game with his playmaking and scoring ability. The Argentinan guard averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists last season. I expect Ginobili to average about 11 points with three or four assists.
Marco Belinelli– Marco Belinelli was one of the more efficient guards in the NBA last season. The Italian sharpshooter hit 49% of his shots from field and 43% from three. While Belinelli went from being a big part of the Spurs in the season as he averaged 11.4 points in 25.2
May 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Marco Belinelli (3) shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
minutes, he only played 15.5 minutes a game in the postseason. The main reasoning behind that was because the Spurs liked having the combination of Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, or Kawhi Leonard to fill the wing spots. Regardless Belinelli will have a pivotal role for the Spurs this season as they rely heavily on their depth.