For the 14th season in a row, the trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan will play for the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili took to Twitter on Monday to announce his decision.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 6, 2015
In a season which seemed to be Ginobili’s last, the Spurs were able to convince him to return for one last season. I’m sure the LaMarcus Aldridge signing and Tim Duncan’s announcement had some pull in his decision to come back.
With Corey Joseph signing with the Toronto Raptors and Marco Belinelli signing with the Sacramento Kings, the Spurs needed a boost off the bench. Ginobili is now that guy. He averaged 14.3 points per game in his career and his role has mainly been off of the bench.
Last season, Manu Ginobili looked old. Ginobili averaged 10.5 points per game which was his worst points per game total since his rookie year. Also, his 72% free throw percentage and 22.7 minutes per game was the lowest of his career per ESPN.com. Danny Green will have to take extra minutes so Ginobili lasts the whole 2015-2016 season.
The Spurs are now true contenders in the Western Conference. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan will be looking for their fifth ring as a trio. With Ginobili back, they have the locker room presence to win that last title together. I have a hard time believing Ginobili and Duncan return for the 2016-2017 season.
Ginobili back is great for the NBA. The Spurs resemble teamwork and Ginobili is the definition of a team player. He will be taking a pay cut in his final season. The Spurs are the best at finding players who love to win.