Top 10 moments of Manu Ginobili's basketball career

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6. Manu claims his first NBA title in 2003

After three seasons playing in Italy following being drafted in 1999, Ginobili made his debut in the 2002-03 season. Averaging 7.6 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, he made the NBA All-Rookie team and even started five times for Coach Popovich.

Surrounded by a talented team led by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, Manu was free to learn the NBA ropes without having to do too much for the Spurs to be successful. After all, Duncan was having one of the best individual seasons in NBA history, which allowed for Ginobili to pick and choose his spots to shine,

Manu's biggest moment in his rookie season came in Game 4 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals in Dallas. Looking for a 3-1 lead, the Spurs got 21 points and six rebounds from Manu off the bench to do just that. Ginobili would follow that up with 11 points and some big shots in the series-clinching Game 6 a few days later.

Manu then averaged 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets, and he ended up being crowned a league champion with his career just getting started.

5. Ginobili earns All-Star nod in two seasons as full-time starter

Despite his immense talent, Manu Ginobili only started more than 50 times in a season three times -- in 2005, 2006, and 2011. The reason was purely for the success of the franchise, and it's safe to say that strategy paid off in a huge way.

In the only two seasons in which he started more than 60 times, Manu Ginobili showed the world what Spurs fans always knew about him -- he was a star. Manu made his NBA All-Star Game debut in 2005 in what would end up being a season in which he'd become a two-time champion.

In 2011, Manu started a whopping 79 times in his 80 games, and the result was a second and final selection to the big game.

There's no telling how many more nods Manu would've had if he always started, but there's no question he would've traded in every single one for his four rings.