The San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the NBA. They won 62 games, have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and are favorites to win the 2014 NBA Finals. Manu Ginobili is a big reason why and deserves the NBA’s Sixth Man Award.
Ginobili only started three games for the Spurs, but his 12.4 points 4.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game coming of the bench have been invaluable. His effective field goal percentage (54.0 percent) is way above the league average (50.1 percent) and he proved to be dangerous from outside the arc and at the rim.
Voters appear to favor Chicago’s forward Taj Gibson or the Clipper’s Jamal Crawford. Other contenders include the Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Phoenix’s Markieff Morris and Dallas’ Vince Carter. However Ginobili’s win shares per 48 minutes is the best of that bunch.
His net rating (offensive rating minus defensive rating) of plus-10 is significantly higher than any of the other candidates as is his Player Efficiency Rating (20.1), which measures per-minute production.
Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford had more points but Ginobili had more impact and deserves to join Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as the only two-time winners of the Sixth Man Award.