3. Manu Ginobili
One of my favorite players ever, Manu Ginobili, has displayed excellence on and off the court. His brilliant and often flashy style of play quickly turned him into a fan favorite. Forming a Big Three with Duncan and Tony Parker, Ginobili helped the Spurs win four titles during his time in the NBA. He even popularized the Euro-step move that's widely known and used today.
For someone drafted late in the second round, Ginobili silenced his doubters with a blink of an eye. To add to that, his experience in other international leagues taught him how to win with a team. If you look at the awards he got outside of the NBA, you'll see how great of a player Manu is.
Ginobili racked up MVPs, championships, and All-Star nods even before showing the NBA what he's capable of. He never demanded to be a starter even though everyone knew he was capable of being an NBA starter on a championship team. Instead, he listened to his coach and gave his teammates what they needed.
His on-court leadership affected so many people, and he became a role model to others. Ginobili, now retired, will soon be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His greatness doesn't stop there. On April 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he encouraged fans to help him raise funds for the San Antonio Food Bank. Truly, Manu is one of a kind, showing excellence and using his platform to help others who are in need.
Congrats on making it to the Hall of Fame, Manu! It's well deserved.