San Antonio Spurs History

How would the All-Time Spurs fare against their All-Time Rivals?

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Shooting Guard: Manu Ginóbili, 2004-06

One of the most underrated ever and my favorite player of all time, Manu Ginobili is the easy choice at shooting guard here. Though he came off the bench for most of his career (he only started 33% of games), that was not for lack of skill. “Emanuel Gee-No-Bee-Lee”—see the video below if you’re confused—decided it was for the best of the team that he keep the second unit afloat and allow for at least one of the Big 3 to always be on the court.

The range of years I picked includes one of Manu’s two All-Star selections, a championship, and—in one of the greatest international accomplishments of all time—an Olympic Gold Medal with an underdog Argentinian team. Although this “peak” for Ginobili doesn’t include his highest scoring years, they do perfectly represent Manu’s game: 16ish points, 3-5 assists, 3-5 rebounds, and hilariously annoying defense.

I hate to be giving one of my most hated players ever the advantage over my favorite player ever here, but that’s the kind of player Kobe was. This is a fun matchup— Manu always guarded the Black Mamba well. Rivals now lead 2-1.