San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili has long been heralded as a revolutionary player in the history of the NBA. From his success as a sixth man to the creation and perfection of a deadly Euro step, Ginobili was somewhat of a pioneer for modern NBA stars.
Naturally, he thinks his style of play would translate to today’s game. Ginobili says he would have loved to play in the modern era, which has become heavily predicated on pace and perimeter shooting (h/t to Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio):
But when asked how he would fare in today’s NBA era, Ginobili said he’d fit right in.
My game was pretty much adapted to today’s game. I would have enjoyed the pace, the faster pace and taking quicker shots and more threes, that we were not allowed to do 15 years ago. I think I would have played very similarly.
Indeed, Ginobili was somewhat of a gunner before the league expanded out to the 3-point line. He averaged 5.3 3-point attempts per game during the 2007-08 season, which was tied for 20th in the league.
Though that may not seem significant, it is important to remember that this was on a Spurs team that still operated their offense through Tim Duncan in the post.
Ginobili is likely to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after retiring from basketball in 2018. He is one of the best international players ever, and one of the most definitive members of a Spurs team that won four championships between 2003 and 2014.