In Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Manu Ginobili set the San Antonio Spurs record for all-time steals.
Since 2002, Manu Ginobili has worn a San Antonio Spurs jersey; 1999 if his draft year counts (the Spurs held his rights from 1999-02). 16 years later, Ginobili owns four championships, two All-Star Game appearances, awards and accolades that make him one of the franchise’s most decorated players ever.
On Thursday, the Argentinian star added yet another mark to his impressive career numbers. He became the organization’s all-time leader in steals with 1,389. This passed David Robinson, whose 1,388 steals stood tall since he retired in 2003.
The updated steals leaderboard looks like this:
- Manu Ginobili: 1,389
- David Robinson: 1,388
- George Gervin: 1,159
- Alvin Robertson: 1,128
- Tony Parker: 1,032
- Tim Duncan: 1,025
- Johnny Moore: 1,017
- Mike Gale: 803
- Kawhi Leonard: 723
- Avery Johnson: 712
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Leonard seemingly has the best chance at topping Ginobili’s record, pending he’s still a Spur by the summer of 2019 or as soon as the 2018-19 season starts. Parker is likely too far into his career to add over 350 steals and match this number.
Just six games might remain for Ginobili to pad this number. That’s if he does not return for the 2018-19 season. His status was in doubt for most of the 2017 offseason, before the decision to return on a two-year deal. So the 40-year old can return with a contract in place, but it depends if he wants to go through another 82-game season and make an attempt at a championship. It should be one of multiple storylines the Spurs face after the playoffs end.