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Manu Ginobili, one of the NBA’s greatest players to ever step foot on the hardwood had just been named as a 2022 NBA Hall of Fame finalist. Manu is a finalist alongside WNBA Legends Swin Cash, and Lindsay Whalen as well as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, George Karl.

The 4-time NBA Champion was an integral member of the dominant San Antonio spurs for 16 memorable years. He was part of the all-star trio of the Spurs organization that were a team to beat in the 2000s and early 2010s. His jersey number 20 was retired by the Spurs back in 2019.

Ginobili, Photo Courtesy of hoopsrumors.com

A 2-time All-Star and 2-time All-NBA member, Manu played with passion and heart every night. He has a great skill set and basketball IQ that only a few players can match.

One of the most versatile and inventive players back in the day. Manu is surprisingly flashy and his offensive weapons are endless. He has a lot of tricks in his bag that players and fans looked up to. Take his Euro Step as an example, even though he is from Argentina, the move is famously known as a Euro Step. The move is so lethal that it almost shakes off every defender to the path for a sure bucket.

Ginobili’s Career with the Spurs

In his time with San Antonio, his leadership was regarded as one of the best. He’s beloved by the city and his teammates for his great personality. Manu is also very competitive. He is not one to step out during crunch situations. During the 2014 NBA Finals (Spurs vs Heat), Ginobili was a real-life cheat code. He averaged almost 15 points per outing while shooting 42% from three. Additionally, he was already 37 years old during that series, playing as a sixth man for the Spurs.

Ginobili dunking on Bosh (2014 Finals), Photo Courtesy of spokesman.com

Manu’s case for being a future Hall of Famer is a no-brainer. He is a very excellent player even way before he came into the league. Remember the 2004 Olympics where he and the Argentinian Men’s Basketball team beat Team USA for the Gold medal in a surprising fashion? That team beat a group of studs that featured a young LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, alongside prime Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan.

Lebron and Melo (2004 Olympics), Photo Courtesy of Bleacher Report

Some of Manu Ginobili’s Achievements:

  • 4x NBA Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
  • 2x NBA All-Star (2005, 2011)
  • 2x All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011)
  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2008)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2004)
  • 3x Olympic Bronze Medal
  • 2x Italian League MVP (2001, 2002)
  • Italian Cup MVP (2002)
Ginobili’s Retirement, Photo Courtesy of eurohoops.net

Manu is honestly one of the best players to play the sport. A true legend that basketball fans will remember as one of Spurs Big 3. A great competitor, and a graceful athlete.

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