Is this the end for Manu Ginobili?

By George Middleton

Manu Ginobili has been on the San Antonio Spurs since the 2002-03 season. Ginobili was drafted with the 57th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by San Antonio. Like most overseas draft picks, the Argentinian guard remain overseas (Italy) for a few years, before joining the Spurs for the 2002 season.

April 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Right away, many people knew the 25-year old (at the time), that the Spurs can have a potential gem. As a rookie, Ginobili averaged 7.6 points and 2 assists. In the postseason, Ginobili showed lots of promise, as he averaged 9.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. In game four of the Western Conference Finals against Dallas, he went for 21 points and six rebounds. His role grew significantly in his second season, as he averaged 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ginobili was a huge part of the Spurs title in 2003.

In the next decade, Ginobili became a two-time NBA All-Star, two-time All-NBA Third Team Member, and a Sixth Man of the Year winner. Ginobili’s big playoff performances have helped the Spurs win four championships in his time with them.

Ginobili came out saying that he felt “needed and wanted“, causing him to return for his 14th season in 2015-16.

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Ginobili signed a two-year contract worth nearly $6 million. The second year of the contract is a player option.

Ginobili will have a key role off the Spurs bench. Despite being one of the oldest players in the league, he can still shoot the ball and make plays for others.

Unfortuantely for Spurs fans, all good things come to an end. I predict he will retire after the 2015-16 season, maybe he can help the Spurs win their sixth NBA title.

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