San Antonio Spurs: What was Manu Ginobili’s best season?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: The jersey of Manu Ginobili
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: The jersey of Manu Ginobili /

Manu Ginobili is still an active player but far from his prime. What was his best season with the San Antonio Spurs?

Manu Ginobili will be back for a 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs. He signed a two-year, $5 million deal to remain with the team, so there’s the possibility he stays for 2018-19.

At age 40, however, Ginobili is far from his prime. He’s seen a statistical and minutes decline as he’s aged, which became noticeable in the 2011-12 season. Before that, he provided quality production as the Spurs’ sixth man and starter earlier in his career.

Ginobili has been around for 15 seasons. Out of all them, which one was his best?

In the 2007-08 season, Ginobili put up some of his best statistical numbers, which came at age 30. He played 74 games and started 23 of them, otherwise as the Spurs’ sixth man.

The Argentinian star finished with 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, with the former two as career-highs. His 40.1 percent from behind the arc was a career-high mark, until he broke in in 2011-12, which only came in 34 games.

Ginobili won the 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and found some of the best success of his career.

In 2010-11, Ginobili became a full-time starter again. It was the last time he did this, but delivered. This came with 17.4 points (second-highest total of his career), 4.9 assists (tied a career-high), and 3.7 rebounds.

This season also saw Ginobili play 30.3 minutes per game. It was the highest besides the 2007-08 campaign.

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There have been 15 seasons of Ginobili in the NBA. What was his best? Was it either of these?