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Where Is Manu Ginobili Now? NBA Hall Of Famer

By Abhay Acharya / 10 November 2023 08:26 AM

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Manu Ginobili currently serves as a Special Advisor to Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili joined the Spurs team in 2021.

The Bahia Blanca, Argentina native, Ginobili played guard for the franchise for sixteen years before retirement. He debuted during the 2002-03 season, playing as a backup for Steve Smith, a veteran guard. 

San Antonio picked Manu during the 1999 NBA draft in round 2 as the 57th overall pick. Since his debut, he has made his name throughout the league as one of the best sixth men and shooting guards in history. 

Although not the first one to use the move in the NBA, Manu popularized the Euto Step throughout the league. He was honored with the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2008. 

In addition, he gained most popularity after leading his home country, Argentina, to the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal, overthrowing the United States from the throne.

What Happened To Manu Ginobili?

Manu Ginobili was appointed as the Spurs Special consultant in 2021 upon retiring from the professional game in 2018.

The two-time NBA All-Star, at the age of 41, announced his retirement from the NBA on 27 August 2018, with a year and $2.5 million remaining in his contract.

He became the 2nd player to complete a career with one team that season. The Oklahoma City Thunder's Nick Collison was the first. 

In 2019, the Manu Ginobili jersey retirement was undertaken by his former team, the Spurs, alongside Tim Duncan's Number 21 Jersey. Ginobili's jersey in the club was Number 20. 

Three years past retirement, Manu rejoined the Spurs team on 24 September 2021 as a Special Advisor to basketball operations. He tutors the young in leading the team to its former glory and trains them on and off the court to guide their pro journey. 

One year after joining the Spurs staff member, he became the 12th player in the franchise's history to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Manu Ginobili Hall of Fame inductance was made on 10 September 2022. 

He became one of only four players in the franchise's history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after playing their entire NBA career for the San Antonio Spurs exclusively. The other three players were David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and George Karl. 

Before hanging his boots, the four time NBA champion played his final international game, representing Argentina at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. 

Manu Ginobili Retirement Game

Manu Ginobili played his retirement game on 25 April 2018 against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Spur's first playoff round. 

He became the first player at 39 years of age in the NBA to score 20+ points off the bench in the Western Conference Finals game 3 of the 2017-18 season (his final NBA season). 

During his last season in the NBA, Manu played 1299 minutes as the Spurs' sixth man and recorded an average career point of 13.3 points. He was named the only NBA player to possess multiple 20-point games at 40+ years of age off the bench. 

In 2018, a few months before his retirement, Ginobili scored 15-plus points in back-to-back games and became the first NBA player in his 40s to do so after Michael Jordan in 2002-03.

Also, he and Vince Carter scored 21 and 15 points, respectively, on 28 January 2018 against the Sacramento Kings. This was the first NBA game in history to have two 40+ players score 15 points or more. 

Likewise, during the 103-99 victory against the Thunder on 29 March 2018, Manu recorded 1392 steals and became the Spur's career leader in steals. He overtook David Robinson with 1388 steals for the franchise record. 

In addition, during the 2018 playoffs, in the Spurs' first round in game four against the Warriors, Manu broke a tie with Shaquille O'Neal for 6th most playoff games of all time. He played his 217th playoff game to break the deadlock. 

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Furthermore, Ginobili passed Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers for third in career 3-pointers in the history of playoffs. He ended his career with a loss against the Warriors in game 5 of the Spur's first-round playoff series in 2018. 

Following his retirement on 27 August 2018, the Manu Ginobili retirement ceremony was held by the Spurs on 28 March 2019. He became the ninth Spurs player to have his number (No. 20 Jersey) raised to the rafters. 

Regardless of being the 1999 NBA draft's 57th overall pick, he retired as the Spur's all-time leader in steals and 3-pointers made with 1392 and 1495, respectively. Also, Manu ranked third and fourth in the franchise's history with 1057 games played and 4001 assists. 

Manu Ginobili Career Earnings

Manu Ginobili's career earnings from the NBA amount to roughly $130,039,615. He earned the most in the 2012-13 season with a $14,107,492 salary. 

Ginobili's net worth as of 2023 is assessed at $50 million, growing consistently over the years in contrast to $46 million in 2022 and $42 million in 2021. He reached this number from brand endorsements, bonuses, and investing in several properties besides his salary. 

He began his NBA career with the Spurs at about $1,325,000 ($2,247,189 per the current rate) salary as a rookie in the 2002-03 season. However, as he gained popularity in the league, he became a core franchise member.

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He had his first significant raise in the 2004-05 season after winning gold for Argentina in the 2004 Olympic Games. His salary was raised to $6,603,500 ($10,620,913 per the current rate). 

After being reinstigated by the Spurs as a Special Advisor to basketball operations in 2021, his current income is estimated to be about $0.3 million monthly. 

Besides his career earnings, below is some of his personal and career stats list per his retirement time.

  • Manu Ginobili height - 6 ft. 6 inches (1.98 m)
  • Manu Ginobili weight - 205 lb (93 kg)
  • Points per game - 13.3
  • Rebounds per game - 3.5
  • Assists per game - 3.8

Manu Ginobili Accolades List

The accolades won by Manu Ginobili throughout his basketball career are listed below.

  • 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 4-times NBA Champion
  • 2-times NBA All-Star

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In 2004 summer, Manu Ginobili led his country, Argentina, to the gold, exceeding the former gold medalist, the United States, during the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The final was held between Argentina and Italy.

Manu triumphed over the United States in the semifinal round for 29 points and reached the final for a showdown with Italy. During the finals, he collected 16 points, six assists, and six rebounds while leading Argentina to its first Olympic Gold in Basketball. 

The Bahia Blanca native, shooting guard, played his entire NBA career with the Spurs from the 2002-03 season. He served as a sixth man for the team. 

He recorded 15 rebounds and scored 34 points in 2008 in a 93-88 victory against the Toronto Raptors. He became the franchise's first guard to score at least 15 rebounds and 15 points in a game.

Following that, in April 2008, Manu won the 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award with 123 out of 124 votes. He has a stat line of 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists on an average of 31.1 minutes per game while winning the John Havlicek Trophy. 

The 2022 Hall of Fame inductee, Ginobili, won the NBA Championships with the Spurs four times. He led the team to victory in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014 alongside fellow Spurs' Big Three, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. 

Alongside his tremendous achievements throughout his Italian league and NBA, Ginobili has been named an NBA All-Star twice. He became the second Latin American nominated for the NBA All-Star team. 

He was named in 2005 and 2011 due to his star performance in the league, leading the Spurs to the NBA playoffs in each of his 16 seasons with the club. In addition, ESPN named Ginobili as the best EuroLeague player to be drafted into the NBA in 2008. 

He was named the EuroLeague finals' top scorer two times, winning the Euroleague title in 2001 with Kinder Bologna, an Italian club. He is among only two players to win an Olympic Gold, a Euroleague Championship, and an NBA trophy. 

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