3 Things that Could Extend Ginobili’s Career

Manu Ginobili’s game took a major step back this post-season. So what are some things he can do to stay relevant in the game a little while longer?

The San Antonio Spurs will begin their off-season process soon and will have to come to a decision on the Ginobili situation. Manu Ginobili is a free agent and is coming off an abysmal performance in the NBA Finals. This puts the Spurs in an awkward position this off season; it’s clear they what him back but not for anything near the 14 million dollars he made last season.            

Ginobili knows that he is reaching the end of his career, so he should be expecting a pay cut. So if you’re the Spurs the question is “How low do you go?” How do you find a respectable balance?

Despite the dilemma you can count on the Spurs somehow re-signing the legendary guard. In return the Spurs will expect Ginobili to still contribute in a legitimate way, not on an all-star level but still contribute.  So what things can Ginobili do to his game to stay relevant for the Spurs?  

Spot-Up 3pt Shooting

  • Ginobili this off season has to improve on his three-point shot, and gain a consistent touch from the outside. He has shown he has the mechanics and the focus to hit the three when needed but the Spurs need it out of him consistently.
  • It would be ideal for him to shoot at least 40% from behind the arc. He has only done it for a season twice in his 10 year career (2008/2012), but never has done it in the playoffs. Spot-up shooting extended the careers of previous Spurs like Steve Kerr and Danny Ferry.

Keep it Fundamental

  • Tim Duncan has made a resurgence following this concept; he makes few mistakes because he doesn’t take unnecessary risks. Ginobili has to re-learn this concept because he can’t thrive off of the flashy passes anymore. There was a time where he could take risks with the ball and make up for his turnovers in other ways—those days are gone.
  • Ginobili has to keep his passes fundamental and low-risk. His turnovers are making him a liability on the court. This part of this game is mostly mental and should be easy for him to fix for next season.

Mini-Post Game

  • Having Ginobili on the block would look odd but it is something that he is capable of doing for small stretches. Similar to Kobe Bryant, Ginobili could benefit from taking more fade-away jumpers in the mid-range portion of the court. He wouldn’t have to rely so much on speed and it would be harder for defenders to block his shot.  
  •  LeBron James has shown how potent a few bank shots can be in a clogged lane, Ginobili could do the same.  It will preserve his body more and give him some easier buckets.
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