August 27th, 2018, officially marks the end of an era for the San Antonio Spurs. The last man of the Spurs big three, Manu Ginobili, has retired at the age of 41. Ginobili announced his decision Monday on his personal Twitter account.
Ginobili played 16 years with the San Antonio Spurs and finished his career as a two-time all-star.
Ginobili will go down as one of the best sixth men the league has seen. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over his career. Ginobili was also that extra-effort guy that put it out on the floor on a nightly basis.
Ginobili retired the same offseason that another big three member, Tony Parker, agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Parker was a Spur for 17 years before signing with Charlotte. Parker himself was a six-time all-star with the Spurs.
Ginobili and Parker have been without Duncan since the 2016 season. Duncan, probably the most beloved Spur of the three, spent 19 years with the team. He was a 15-time all-star, 2-time season MVP, rookie of the year, and a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection.
The Spurs big three of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker will go down as Spurs all-time greats as they brought four championships to the city of San Antonio. With the pairing of a great coach in Gregg Popovich, the team become one of the most fundamentally sound teams we have ever watched.
Eventually, we will likely see these three in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.