San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili wins the Sixth Man of the Year Award. The energetic Argentine, often dubbed as a super-sub, was hailed as the league’s best reserve ahead of Phoenix Suns‘ Leandro Barbosa and Dallas Mavericks‘ Jason Terry.
Manu Ginobili is good enough to start in any other team but he usually starts his game sitting on the bench. Ginobili came off the bench 51 times in the 74 games he played this season. He led the Spurs in regular season in scoring, averaging career-high 19.5 points to go with 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
“I really don’t care about coming from the bench if that helps the team to win a championship.” Ginobili said.
He is arguably the best Spurs player this season and some fans believe that he doesn’t deserve to win the award. Manu comes off the bench in most games, but he really is not a sixth man. In my opinion, he is actually a superstar sitting on the bench at tip-off. He is without a doubt one of the best players in the NBA and him winning the award actually takes away the true meaning of a reserve. A reserve player is someone who plays off the bench because he is not good enough to be a starter, someone to provide the scoring spark when the stars are taking a breather. Manu does not fit the “reserve mold” in any way. Manu is way too better to be a reserve. I just think that you don’t deserve to win the Sixth Man Award if you are the best player in your team. Check out this great article on why Manu Ginobili shouldn’t win the Sixth Man Award written by Craig over at the Association.