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5 Reasons Why Manu Ginobili Should Win 2014 NBA 6th Man of the Year

5 Reasons Why Manu Ginobili Should Win 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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The San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili is no stranger to the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. It has been six seasons since he was awarded for his willingness to come off the bench and perform at the highest level. Even though Ginobili has aged, his game is made of up the same fundamental principles that allowed him to win the award. Check out the five reasons why Ginobili should win his second Sixth Man award.

5. Toughness

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5. Toughness

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Manu Ginobili has battled through many bumps and bruises to produce for the NBA's best regular season team. His willingness to sacrifice his body for the good of the team was showcased all season by the charges taken and the loose ball that were sought after like golden nuggets.

4. Leadership

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4. Leadership

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It is no coincidence that the San Antonio Spurs have the best bench in the NBA, and Manu Ginobili is the first option off the bench. He has been able to influence the younger reserves in the right direction and make the transition from the bench to the court that much easier for them. Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli are perfect examples of Ginobili's leadership.

3. Versatility

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3. Versatility

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Gregg Popovich has had to get pretty creative with his lineup at times this season due to the variety of injuries. He has been able to plug Manu Ginobili all over the place and receive the same result, which is championship basketball. Whether Ginobili is a starter or a reserve, the end result is maximum effort and smart decision making.

2. Scoring Ability

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2. Scoring Ability

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Manu Ginobili has always been able to create his own shot, and the fact that he is a lefty is still an issue that NBA defenders can't seem to figure out. This season, Ginobili managed to produce 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game despite his lowest minutes per game average since he was a rookie.

1. Clutch

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1. Clutch

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One thing Manu Ginobili has always been and will always be is clutch. He does not shy away from big moments and loves to take the big shot. It doesn't matter how great or poorly he has played throughout the game, Ginobili will find a way to win, and that is a big reason why the San Antonio Spurs have seen the consistent success most teams can only dream of these days.

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