Dime Magazine recently listed their top 10 candidates for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
While the season isn’t yet at its halfway point, and there are plenty of games to be played, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was listed as the top candidate over other candidates like Tyreke Evans, Markieff Morris, Nick Young and Reggie Jackson among others.
We’re talking about a 36-year-old who is still taking the kids to school. And although, on the season, his numbers are down, he also had a slow start. Since December, Ginobili has averaged 15 points, five assists and four rebounds a game on 50-39-90 shooting. That’s damn good and would put him in the upper echelon of NBA shooting guards.
Ginobili won the award back in 2008, and if he’s able to sustain the success he has had this season and stay healthy, he could be a favorite to win the award again.
On the season, Ginobili is averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and is nearing his career-high in assists per game with 4.7. Ginobili has proved some naysayers wrong this season and has come up big in clutch situations, including his game-winner in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Ginobili was sidelined by a hamstring injury and sat out on Wednesday against the Mavericks, but could be back as soon as Sunday.