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3. Manu Ginobili

In our eyes, this is one of the most intriguing candidates of the first time eligible players for the 2022 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class.

Manu Ginobili spent his entire NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs and it is not inaccurate to state that he was a steal as few (if any) predicted that the 57th overall pick of the 1999 Draft would have a career as fruitful as he did.  Ginobili would arrive in the NBA in 2002 and in a reserve role would help the Spurs win the 2003 Championship.  Over the next fifteen seasons, the Argentine Shooting Guard would show himself to be one of the most selfless players in professional basketball and would start, come off the bench and do what ever needed to be done to secure a win. 

Because he sacrificed gaudy stats, he was “only” a two time All Star (though also a two time Third Team All NBA Selection) but he was a four time NBA Champion, and can you easily argue that San Antonio does not win four titles without him?  We can’t!

If there are doubts on Ginobili, one needs to only look at his international accomplishments (remember, this is a factor in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame) to see his overall worth.  As a member of the Argentinian National Team, where in 2004 he was an integral part of his team’s Olympic Gold Medal, which was one of the greater upsets in Olympic Men’s Basketball.  Ginobili also won a Bronze Medal in the Olympics (2008) and a Silver Medal in the FIBA World Cup (2002).  Again, this can’t be discounted!

In our eyes, we wonder how long they make Manu Ginobili wait as his overall body of work is easily Hall of Fame material.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2022
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Played For: San Antonio Spurs
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 57th Overall in 1999
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-NBA Third Team (2008 & 2011)
    NBA All-Star (2005 & 2011)
    NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2007-08)
    Second Team All-Rookie (2003)
    NBA Champion (San Antonio Spurs 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014)
    Olympic Gold Medal (Argentina, 2004)
    Olympic Bronze Medal (Argentina, 2008)
    FIBA World Cup Silver Medal (Argentina, 2002)
    FIBA AmeriCup Gold Medal (Argentina, 2001 & 2011)
    FIBA AmeriCup Silver Medal (Argentina, 2003)
    FIBA AmeriCup Bronze Medal (Argentina, 1999)
    EuroLeague Champion (Kinder Bologna, 2001)
    EuroLeague MVP (2001)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (1) (2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: True Shooting Percentage (1) (2004-05)
    Top Ten Finishes: 3-Point Field Goals (1) (2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: 3-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (2) (2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (7) (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Box Plus/Minus (3) (2006-07, 2007-08 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Box Plus/Minus (5) (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (3) (2006-07, 2007-08 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rating (4) (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Usage Percentage (1) (2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steal Percentage (7) (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2010-11)

  • Notable All-time Rankings:

    23. Box Plus/Minus: 5.0
    24. Defensive Box Plus/Minus: 2.0
    37. 3-Point Field Goal Attempts: 4,055
    39. 3-Point Field Goals: 1,495
    39. VORP: 47.6
    41. Steal Percentage: 2.7
    51. Defensive Rating: 100.4
    56. Offensive Box Plus/Minus: 3.0
    59. Defensive Point Shares: 47.4
    61. Steals: 1,392
    62. True Shooting Percentage: .582
    72. Win Shares: 106.4
    73. PER: 20.2

Should Manu Ginobili be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 94.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.4%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 0.7%
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