Before beginning this column, I’d like to wish San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili a happy 34th birthday. For Spurs fans, Ginobili turning 34 is an indication that Ginobili’s final seasons wearing the silver and black uniform are closely approaching.
With that in mind, let’s look at what Ginobili needs to improve on next season, if there is a next season.
Before coming into the 2010-11’ season, Ginobili elected to sit out international play in the summer and get a full season of rest. How did this past regular season play out? Ginobili played the most games in his career while being the Spurs’ leader and closer. He made the Western conference All-Star team and earned an All-NBA Third team selection. Not bad for a 33 year old, right?
The magical run Ginobili was on all ended when he broke his arm in Phoenix with just two games remaining in the season. He would go on to do what he could in five games against Memphis in the playoffs, but at the end of the Spurs’ first round series loss, a one armed Ginobili just wasn’t enough.
Offensively, Ginobili should work on making his outside shots as consistent as possible. Since he’s getting older, he’s slowly becoming a shoot first guard as opposed to a slashing guard. The numbers show that Ginobili has been attacking the rim less and less as he attempted three shots at the rim per game on average. This past season he took more shots from beyond the three-point line (5.5 3PT FGA) than he has in his last four seasons. He shot 35% from distance this past season, so he must look to get that percentage over 40% next season as he’s projected to shoot more three pointers next season. no comments