Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 2/28/13
As Manu Ginobili’s career approaches its conclusion, let’s take a look at how he has refined his game from a high flying acrobat that blasted on the scene during the San Antonio Spurs’ second title run during the 2003 playoffs to being part of “the Big 3," along with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Ginobili is a prime example of the benefits that arise from the Spurs’ draft-and-stash strategy.  He was drafted with the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft (28th pick in the 2nd round).  The Spurs decided to let him stay over seas and get playing time and experience and find the right time later.  This decision allowed Ginobili to build up his confidence with more playing time and the ability to learn how to lead a team without the NBA pressure. Check out video of Manu's first steps to becoming one of the best players in the NBA including some old footage of him in action as a kid. During his time in Italy, he was averaging over 16.8 points per game, 2.8 rebounds, and...
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