With the recent retirement of two of the NBA’s big men, Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming coupled with the influx of young NBA talents such as Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, Bleacher Report’s Faizan Qurashi made a list of 16 notable NBA players “Who are going to be ready to Hang ‘Em up.”
Included in the list are San Antonio Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Here’s what he has to say about them.
Similar to his long-time rival, Kevin Garnett, Duncan is way past his prime. Last season, he averaged an abysmal 13.4 points, to go with nine rebounds a game. Even though his Spurs finished with the best record in the Western Conference, Duncan was far from the main reason. Entering his 15th season, Duncan has just about accomplished everything you could want as an NBA player with four championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, two NBA MVPs and a plethora of All-Star and Defensive Team selections.
Duncan simply can’t keep up with the young bigs in today’s game. His minutes have reduced significantly as well as his role. Still, the Spurs are Duncan’s team so when “The Big Fundamental” decides to hang ’em up, the Spurs will finally be able to rebuild and start over, as it’ll be the end of an era. Duncan will retire as the Spurs’ best player, one of the greatest of all time and arguably the greatest power forward to play the game.
Seasons Left To Retire: Two more at best
Manu Ginobili was the definition of a “steal.” After being drafted 57th back in the 1999 NBA draft, Ginobili has parlayed himself into three NBA titles, two All-Star appearances and a Sixth Man of the Year award. Now, at the age of 34, Ginobili isn’t exactly the oldest in the league but his playing style has done more damage to his body than most his age.
With the Spurs dynasty coming to an abrupt end, and Tim Duncan inching close to retirement, it might be time for Ginobili to call it quits as well. His body simply can’t hold up with all the injuries he has collected from his reckless drives to the basket and his wild style of play. Ginobili could stick around for a season or two, but anything longer and he’s pushing it.
Seasons Left To Retire: Two More at Best
Duncan and Ginobili have enjoyed remarkable careers with the Spurs.
Even at age 35, Duncan remains one of the better big men in league, has led San Antonio to four NBA titles and is perhaps the Best Power Forward in league history.
Ginobili on the other hand, has emerged as one of the top international players in the league, winning three championships with the Spurs and led Argentina to an Olympic gold.
Both players might be aging, but they are undoubtedly integral parts of the team’s future success.
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