Monday, April 21, 2008

Manu wins best 6th man award

It was an open secret and a pretty obvious decision but on Monday it became official when the NBA gave Emanuel GINOBILI the best sixth man award.

The Argentine guard of the San Antonio Spurs received 615 out of a possible 620 points, including 123 or 124 first-place votes, from a panel of journalist (and I wonder who was the mad man that didn't vote for him!).

This award is given to the best player in a reserve role. Manu started from the bench in 51 of the 74 games he played this season but was the scoring leader for the Spurs with a career-high average of 19.5 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.47 steals.

Brazilian Leandro BARBOSA (Phoenix Suns) won this award last year and finished a distant second collecting 283 points followed by Jason TERRY of the Dallas Mavericks with 44.

Manu said a few weeks ago: "This is not an award that I was really looking forward to win. I would love to be the best player or the best defender. But this is just like being elected the best left-handed player or something like that".

Despite this, Manu has reached a certain status in the NBA and any recognition is a good thing. Something to celebrate.

Vamos Manu! Congratulations!


Azrael said...

Very much deserved. Congrats, Manu!!!

halley said...

clap! clap!.. Manu really deserves that award, no doubt about that!.. If only the 6th Man could be MVP, he could be vying for the title alogn with Kobe Bryant and other MVP candidates!.. But anyways, I'm so so happy that all his efforts paid off and I wish [and hope too] that they make it to the Finals despite the tough competition in the West. Cheers to Manu!!

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