Despite being one of the oldest active players in the NBA, at 40 years old, is Manu Ginobili still an offensive threat to be reckoned with? Philadelphia 76Sixers guard JJ Redick says he is.
HoopsHype.com recently asked a number of active and recently retired NBA players who they hated guarding most, and for Philadelphia’s Redick, he mentioned the notorious Manu.
I think Kawhi Leonard is really tough. Manu Ginobili still, to a degree, but Manu Ginobili circa 2009 to 2012 was such a monster. There were a few years where the Spurs were Manu’s team. He’d play like 28 minutes a night, but he’d average about 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. I mean, he was a monster.
He was essentially [James] Harden before Harden. Harden is now the modern version of Ginobili. Manu was tough.
Wasn’t Manu the one who popularized the now heavily-used “Eurostep” that Harden often incorporates into his game?
Although he’s not the same Manu in years past, last regular-season he averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.19 steals in 18.7 minutes. He shot .390 from the field, and .392 from the three-point range and .804 from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures 22 times and led the team in steals 19 times and in assists nine times.
Not too bad for someone off the bench and shows he can still be somewhat of a handful for defenders.
Though his career is dwindling down, this past season he has shown that he still has that fire to compete at a high level, which is why he is back in silver and black for another year, putting off thoughts of retirement.