2013 NBA Finals: Is Manu Ginobili Overrated?

June 22nd, 2013 by Charles Bennett Leave a reply »

After coming within a single point of their fifth Larry O’Brien Trophy, the San Antonio Spurs fell to the Miami Heat in seven games. This was due in no small part to the poor ball-handling and shooting of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.

One thing that got to me about the commentary relating to Ginobili is that the pundits continually refer to him as a “future Hall of Famer." Maybe it’s me siding with those who say the Hall of Fame has been watered down of late, but I believe Manu’s chances at Springfield are 50-50. And his underwhelming performance in the 2013 NBA Finals has done nothing to help in this regard.

There are some compelling cases against Ginobili being in the Hall of Fame. Ginobili’s career scoring average is just under 15 points a contest, and he has never averaged 20 points a contest over the course of a season.

Ginobili’s career PRA (points + rebounds + assists) per game is just 22.8. Joe Dumars and Arvydas Sabonis are the only Hall of Famers with worse PRA numbers among those who played their entire career with a shot clock. 

Ginobili has never made the All-NBA F ...

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