Manu Ginobili is clearly out of his prime and has been for the past few years, but he is still important to the Spurs success. Ginobili’s importance to the Spurs goes beyond the 10.5 points and 4.2 assists he averaged this season.
Apr 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) dribbles the ball as San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) defends during the second half at the Smoothie King Center.The Pelicans won 108-103 to earn the eight seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
At the age of 37 Ginobili has been a vital part of the Spurs success in the 13 years he has played for them. Ginobili is a leader in the clubhouse alongside Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, he makes big shots, and has the respect of all his peers.
Let’s take a look at Ginobili’s career with the Spurs. He is a four time NBA champion, a two time all-star, and has been selected to the All-NBA Third Team twice. His career overseas is as spectacular, as he is a two time Italian MVP winner, FIBA Americas Championship MVP, Euroleague Champion and Finals MVP.
His best individual season with the Spurs was in 2007-08. Ginobili averaged 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as an All-Star that year. He won the Sixth Man of the Year and was a member of the All-NBA Third Team.
What happens if Manu Ginobili retires?
If Ginobili retires the Spurs have lost their sixth man of over the past decade. His production won’t be missed as it would’ve a few seasons back, it’s his presence and his ability to make timely plays. Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli will have to bump up their production slightly and Boris Diaw will have to continue to make plays in whatever role he fills.
Next season it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kyle Anderson carves a role. Anderson is a great passer at 6″9 and has the ability to rebound well for a small forward. The problem with Anderson is that he isn’t a great athlete and can struggle to shoot at times. If Anderson improves his shooting there is no question that he will be valuable to this organization moving forward.
Ginobili has already stated that the decision on whether he is returning will take at least a month in a report by Argentine network Canchellana.
I believe Ginobili will return alongside Duncan as they would like to make one more push at a title next season.