Reflecting on Manu Ginobili’s basketball career and his legacy with the San Antonio Spurs

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Manu Ginobili is one of the greatest international players of all time. At a time when so many NBA players are hated by sections of fans, Ginobili was loved even by those who didn’t support the San Antonio Spurs. Of course, that’s only part of his legacy.

The shrewd 6-foot-6 guard has set a gold standard when it comes to winning. He’s been retired from basketball since 2018, but that doesn’t mean fans have forgotten how great he was. Ginobili will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year. As a tribute to the legendary player, let’s take a look at how he impacted basketball.

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Manu Ginobili’s impact is not just in the NBA but around the world

Originally from Argentina, Ginobili experienced a winning culture very early on. His stretch in the EuroLeague helped shape him as the winner and ultimate teammate. In the EuroLeague, he became champion, Finals MVP and member of the All-EuroLeague first team. This is part of his international accolades, he is also an Italian league champion, All-Star, Italian league MVP and Olympic gold medalist.

The famous Olympic run with the Argentina national team is one of the most famous teams in basketball history. The 2004 Athens team set a gold standard for international basketball. With Manu Ginobili in the lead, the Argentinian team showed everyone how to win through team basketball.

GPP Points 3:00 p.m. 3pt% Corner 3s
Statistics of Manu Ginobili 13.3 GPP 14,043 1,495 40.5% 38.6%
Statistics via Basketball Reference

Entering the NBA as the 57th choice, we did not expect much from him. But, he immediately grabbed everyone’s attention by showing how talented he was. With Spurs he continued to be a winner. In my opinion, his 16-year NBA career is even more impressive than what he achieved internationally.

Ginobili had a great career with four NBA titles, a Sixth Man of the Year award, won the All-Star Game twice and is one of the players in NBA history with the most winning percentage. raised. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is. His “controlled chaos” style of play is also one of the reasons he is loved in the league. Ginobili will always be associated with Spurs, and it’s because of how much he helped the franchise win multiple titles. Spurs have achieved their status as a model organization in the league and Ginobili is one of the main reasons why.

“I’ve never won a scoring championship, an MVP, even the first team. I’m here because of my environment. The players I’ve played with, the coaches and the organization. I don’t take it as an individual achievement. I was in the right place at the right time.

Manu Ginobili on his career with the San Antonio Spurs (H/T Michael Scotto)

Ginobili’s impact on the league is still felt around the association to this day. Players still use the Euro-step, which Ginobili helped popularize in the NBA. He also won the Sixth Man of the Year award as one of the greatest accomplishments an NBA player could have. Dubbed by many the “sixth greatest man of all time”, Manu’s career has been spectacular. He opened the doors for many international players to pursue their dream of breaking into the big leagues. Even American-born NBA players like D’Angelo Russell have expressed their admiration for the Argentine national.

San Antonio struck gold when they earned a draft day flight with the Hall of Fame. Ginobili learned a lot playing for Spurs and they did a great job of understanding him as a player. There will never be another player who leads the way like Ginobili, an all-around winner who helped the NBA further embrace international scouting and he helped shape an NBA dynasty.

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