With the 57th pick in the second round of the NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Manu Ginobili from Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
Little was known about Ginobili and in the 2002-2003 NBA season, he made his NBA debut and impacted the Spurs in a way no one ever saw coming. With Manu, the team won three NBA titles, been a part of the Spurs’ “Big 3” era, brought a flare to the court, made the All-Star squad (twice) and as they say, the rest is history.
Needless to say, Ginobili’s value to the franchise is immeasurable despite him being a “bargain” for NBA standards.
Manu’s contributions to the franchise will forever be felt and he is a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
In an article from “The Richest,” No. 20 is the NBA’s fifth (tied with Goran Dragic) highest paid player drafted from the second round.
It is safe to say, the Spurs got a steal in the second round in 1999 and after 11 seasons in San Antonio, Manu continues to produce on the court. This season he is averaging 12.5 points and 4.4 assists in 23 minutes.