San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili wins NBAPA Award

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: The jersey of Manu Ginobili
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: The jersey of Manu Ginobili
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San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili won an award for his work on and off the court.

Manu Ginobili has been a member of the San Antonio Spurs since they selected him in the 1999 NBA Draft. He joined the team for the 2002-03 season, and won a championship just months later. It made his career start well, and the success only continued.

At age 40, Ginobili has made All-Star teams, won four NBA championships and played on some of the best teams of the 2000’s. There’s another accolade to add to his profile, however, one that’s off the court.

On Friday, the NBA Players’ Association announced the Players Voice Awards on Twitter. One player from every team was given a 2017 Teammate of the Year Award. For the Spurs’, it went to Ginobili.

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The teammates with the biggest impact on and off the court. Check out the #PlayersVoice Award winners for Best Teammate. pic.twitter.com/AqcrEI1l6P

— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 18, 2017

It’s a great honor for Ginobili, to celebrate the work he did on and off the basketball court. After all he’s done for the past 15 years, too, it’s a worthy award.

Ginobili will enter his 16th season with the Spurs in the fall. He chose to return in July, after having his status in doubt, following the 2017 Western Conference Finals.

In 2016-17, Ginobili played 69 games, averaging a career low in minutes (18.7), shooting percentage (39 percent) and points per game (7.5). He didn’t start a game for the third consecutive season, playing the seventh or eighth role off the bench.

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With at least one more season to go, will Ginobili win another award, whether it’s the NBAPA or a regular season honor? It will take the 2017-18 campaign to find out.

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