I, along with many others, thought the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili was finished at the end of last year’s NBA Finals. But Manu had other ideas.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Ginobili and the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green.
» Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs (66.6 percent owned on ESPN.com)
22 points (9-11 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs Bulls.
If you watched any of the NBA finals last June, the Manu Ginobili you saw, was a shell of his former self. Consequently, I steered well clear of Ginobili in all of my fantasy drafts in October, thinking that his role as part of the Spurs’ “Big Three” was over.
Fast-forward to March, and Ginobili is the 78th ranked player in fantasy basketball according to Basketball Monster.com. More impressively, his rank jumps to 33rd if we narrow our focus to the last two weeks of action.
In those two weeks, Ginobili is averaging 15.6 points, 2.0 three-pointers and 5.3 assists on 55.7 percent shooting from the field and 89.5 percent from the line. What’s even more amazing about these numbers, is that he is registering all that fantasy goodness in just 23.5 minutes per game.
Now, we know that Ginobili is somewhat frail, so fingers crossed he doesn’t miss any more time. He already missed eight games at the beginning of February, so perhaps that’s the extent of his injury problems of this year. We can only hope.
In the last two games, Ginobili has totalled 46 points with six three-pointers and six assists and with the way he’s continuing to play, he should be 100 percent owned. He’s not at the moment, so have a quick peek on your waiver-wire to see if Manu is available. If he is, you know what to do.