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Manu Ginobili

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Background

2011-12: Appeared in 34 games, starting in seven games, averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.5 minutes ... shot .526 (150-285) from the floor, .413 (52-126) from the three point line and .871 (88-101) from the free throw line ... scored in double figures 20 times, including 20-or-more nine times ... led the team in points six times, assists seven times, steals six times and blocks twice ... scored his 10,000th career-point vs. L.A. Lakers on 4/11 to become just the fifth Spurs in franchise history to surpass the 10,000-point plateau ... scored a season-high 24 points in the season opener vs. Memphis on 12/26 ... tied a season-high with 24 points (6-10 FG, 5-8 3FG, 7-7 FT) and dished out 6 assists vs. Los Angeles Clippers on 12/28 ... finished with 23 points (9-10 FG, 5-6 3FG) vs. Utah on 13/31 ... handed out a season-high 8 assists vs. Minnesota on 3/21 ... tallied 22 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3FG. 6-6 FT) 6 assists and 3 rebounds vs. L.A. Clippers on 3/9/12 ... tallied 23 points while knocking down 14-of-15 free throws vs. Utah on 4/8 ... finished with 20 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3FG, 5-5 FT), 7 assists and 6 rebounds vs. L.A. Lakers on 4/20 ... missed 22 games with a fractured fifth metacarpal suffered at Minnesota on 1/2/12 ... returned to action on 2/11 at New Jersey ... suffered a left internal oblique strain at L.A.C. on 2/18 and missed the next five games ... was inactive for four games ... registered one DNP-CD ... appeared in all 14 playoff games, starting in two, averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 27.9 minutes... shot .448 (65-145) from the field, .338 (23-68) from beyond the arc and .857 (48-56) from the free-throw line ... scored in double figures in 10 games, including three games with 20-or-more and one game with 30-or-more ... led the team in scoring on three occasions ... recorded a postseason-high 34 points (11- 21 FG, 5-10 3FG, 7-8 FT), 7 assists and 6 rebounds in Game 5 vs. OKC on 6/4 ... tallied 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in Game 1 vs. Oklahoma City on 5/27 ... recorded 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Game 1 vs. L.A. Clippers on 5/15 ... finished with 6 points, a postseason-high 10 assists and 5 rebounds in Game 3 at Utah on 5/5.

CAREER NOTES:
He and Bill Bradley are the only two players to win an Olympic gold medal, an NBA Championship and a Euroleague Championship ... signed with the Spurs on 7/18/02 ... re-signed with San Antonio on 7/15/04 and again on 4/9/10 ... the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2008 ... named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2008 and 2011 (first South American – and first sixth man – to earn All-NBA honors) ... a two-time NBA All-Star (2005 and 2011) ... named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2003 ... is the Spurs all-time leader in 3PT-FG made (1,010) and attempted (2,706) ... among Spurs all-time leaders ranks fourth in steals (984), fourth in FT made (2,622) and fourth in FT percentage (.835), fifth in points (10,114), fifth in assists (2,618), sixth in games played (667) and seventh in rebounds (2,638)... in Spurs playoff history ranks first in steals (197), first in 3PT-FG made (202) and attempted (603), third in games played (136), third in rebounds (616), third in FT made (616), fourth in points (2,208), fourth in assists (515), fifth FT% (.825) and eighth in blocks (41) ... among active NBA players in playoff action ranks fifth in steals (197), sixth in 3PT-FG made (222), seventh in games played (136) and eighth in FT made (616) and attempted (747) ... in his NBA career has appeared in 667 regular season games, averaging 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.47 steals in 27.9 minutes per contest ... has appeared in 136 playoff games, averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.46 steals in 31.0 minutes ... received the 2010 Konex Award of Light, which is the highest honor given by the Konex Foundation, based on his professional basketball accomplishments over the past decade ... in 2004 was named Argentina’s Athlete of the Decade by TyC Sports (Argentina’s version of ESPN) ... a three-time winner of Clarin’s Premio Consagracion de Oro award (2002, 2004 and 2005) ... the annual award recognizes Argentina’s athlete of the year ... named Fox Sports Espanol’s Latin American Basketball Player of the Year three times (2003, 2004 and 2005) ... made his pro debut in Argentina with Andino in 1995–96 ... played for Argentina’s Estudiantes Bahia Blanca in 1996-97 and 1997-98 ... then moved to Italy ... spent two seasons – 1998–99 and 1999–2000 – with Basket Viola Reggio Calabria before joining Virtus Bologna for the 2000–01 season ... the 2001 Euroleague Finals MVP ... named the Italian League MVP in both 2000–01 and 2001–02 ... named to the Italian All-Star Game for three straight seasons (the league did not hold an All-Star Game in ’01–02) ... has been a member of the Argentinean National Team since 1998 ... named to the All- Tournament Team at the 2002 World Championship leading Argentina to a silver medal ... led Argentina to a second place finish in the 2003 FIBA Americas Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament ... earned All- Tournament honors after averaging 14.1 points and 4.4 assists in the team’s 10 games ... named the MVP of the 2004 Olympics ... led Argentina to the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics averaging 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.38 steals in 29.9 minutes in eight games ... led the team in minutes, points, assists, steals, FT percentage and 3PT-FG made as Argentina claimed its first-ever Olympic medal in basketball ... for the 2004 Olympics ranked fourth in scoring, seventh in assists, seventh in steals, 10th in FG percentage and 12th in FT percentage ... had a game-high 29 points (9-13 FG, 4-6 3PT-FG, 7-8 FT) in Argentina’s 89-81 semifinal win over the United States on 8/27 ... named to the All-Tournament Team for the 2006 World Championship ... averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.67 steals in nine games as Argentina finished in fourth place ... scored 20-or-more three times in the tournament including a 28 point effort vs. New Zealand on 8/26 ... one of eight members of the 2006 National Team who were either current or former NBA players (along with Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto, Walter Herrmann, Andres Nocioni, Luis Scola, Pepe Sanchez and Ruben Wolkowisky) ... in the 2008 Olympics averaged 17.7 points and 3.9 assists in seven games as Argentina captured the bronze medal ... had 32 points (10-14 FG, 4-6 3PT-FG, 8-9 FT) in 27 minutes versus Iran on 8/16 ... six minutes into the semifinal game vs. the USA on 8/22 re-injured his ankle ... missed the remainder of the game and was in street clothes for the bronze medal game vs. Lithuania on 8/24 ... guided Argentina to the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship and a spot in the 2012 Olympics ... averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.50 steals in 28.2 minutes ... recorded 26 points (10-14 FG, 6-8 3FG) in 26 minutes vs. Venezuela on 9/6 ... was named to the All- Tournament Team ... led Argentina to the bronze medal game at the 2012 Olympics in London, averaging 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in eight games ... ranked third in the tournament in scoring and eighth in steals.



2010-11: Named to the All-NBA Third Team … appeared in 80 games, including 79 starts, averaging 17.4 points, 4.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.54 steals in 30.3 minutes ... shot .433 (441-1,018) from the field, .349 (154-441) from the three-point line and .871 (357-410) from the free throw line ... ranked 11th in the NBA in steals per game and 12th in free throw percentage ... scored in double figures 67 times, including 34 20-plus performances and two 30-plus contests ... led the team in scoring 30 times, rebounds four times, assists 24 times, steals 34 times and blocks eight times ... selected to play in the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles, his second All-Star selection … in mid-November, Ginobili received the 2010 Konex Award of Light, which is the highest honor given by the Konex Foundation, based on his professional basketball accomplishments over the past decade … made 44 consecutive free-throws from 1/9 vs. Minnesota to 1/24 at Golden State, which is the longest streak of his career … finished with a season-high 35 points (10-22 FG, 13-16 3FG), 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 36 vs. Memphis on 2/27 … knocked down the game-winner as time expired for a 92-90 Spurs win vs. Milwaukee on 12/15 … finished the night with 26 points (9-13 FG, 2-3 3FG, 6-9 FT), 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes … closed out the month on November posting five straight 20-plus games: registered 25 points (8-17 FG, 3-7 3FG, 6-6 FT), a season-high 9 assists and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes vs. Orlando on 11/22 … finished with 26 points (8-17 FG, 4-10 3FG, 6-7 FT), 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 38 minutes at Minnesota on 11/24 … tallied 31 points (9-16 FG, 4-8 3FG, 9-9 FT), 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Dallas on 11/26 … recorded 23 points (8-17 FG, 3-8 3FG, 4-4 FT), 8 assists and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes at New Orleans on 11/28 … fi nished out the month with 27 points (8-13 FG, 3-7 3FG, 8-9 FT), 6 rebounds, a season-high 5 steals and 3 assists at Golden State on 11/30 … tied a season-high with 9 assists to go along with 15 points in 38 minutes vs. Memphis on 12/18 … recorded 24 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3FG, 7-8 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a season-high tying 5 steals at Boston on 1/5 … finished with 19 points, a season-high 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 29 minutes at Minnesota on 1/11 … put up 26 points (8-15 FG, 8-9 FG), 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes at Utah on 1/26 … registered 26 points (8-16 FG, 9-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes vs. New Jersey on 2/25 … scored 28 points (9-18 FG, 4-9 3FG, 6-6 FT) in 31 minutes vs. Golden State on 3/21 ... posted 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes at Houston on 4/1 ... diagnosed with a left quad contusion and was inactive vs. Portland on 3/28 ... was inactive at L.A. Lakers on 4/12 … missed Game 1 of the Spurs first round series vs. Memphis with a sprained right elbow … started in all five games he appeared in, averaging a team-best 20.6 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.60 steals in 34.8 minutes … led the NBA in steals during the playoffs … scored in double figures in five games … posted 33 points (10-18 FG, 4-6 3FG, 9-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 42 minutes in Game 5 vs. Mempis on 4/27. 2009–10: Saw action in 75 games, including 21 starts, averaging 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, a career-high 4.9 assists and 1.37 steals in 28.7 minutes… shot .441 (398-903) from the floor, .377 (132-350) from three-point range and .870 (309-355) from the free throw line… ranked 11th in the NBA in FT% … scored in double figures 59 times, including 18 20-plus games, five 30-plus games and one 40-plus game … led the team in scoring 20 times, assists 37 times, steals 30 times and blocks 11 times … earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of 3/22-28, averaging 25.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds leading the Spurs to a 3-1 week … posted three double-doubles … enjoyed an incredible second half of the season … averaged 21.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.31 steals while shooting .481 (208-432) from the field and .389 (61-157) from three-point land in 30 games after the All-Star Break … in his first 46 games of the season, averaged 13.4 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.41 steals while shooting .403 (190-471) from the field and .368 (71-193) from three-point range … posted a season-high 43 points (13-25 FG, 14-17 FT), 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes vs. Orlando on 4/2 … finished with 38 points (12-23 FG, 7-11 3FG, 7-7 FT), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 37 minutes at Cleveland on 3/8 … tallied 38 points (12-26 FG, 5-11 3FG, 9-10 FT) and 6 assists in 45 minutes at Atlanta on 3/21 … recorded 36 points (8-15 FG, 6-8 3FG, 14-16 FT), 8 assists and a career-high 4 blocks in 32 minutes vs. Toronto on 11/9 … posted 32 points (10-22 FG, 2-5 3FG, 10-11 FT), 17 of those coming in the fourth quarter, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 37 minutes at L.A. Lakers on 4/4 … registered a double-double with 23 points (10-15 FG, 2-4 3FG) and season-high 11 assists in 22 minutes vs. Golden State on 3/19 … had 18 points and 10 assists in 32 minutes vs. Houston on 3/31 … just missed a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in 28 minutes vs. Minnesota on 12/29 … posted 28 points (10-18 FG, 6-8 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists in 33 minutes vs. New York on 3/10 … grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at Houston on 2/26 … registered 26 points (9-18 FG, 7-8 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 34 minutes vs. Oklahoma City on 2/24 … missed five games from 11/19-27 due to strained left groin … missed one game (at NJN on 3/29) due to back spasms … started all 10 playoff games, averaging 19.4 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.60 steals in 35.2 minutes … led the NBA in steals per game during the playoffs … scored in double figures in nine playoff games… pitched in playoff season-high 27 points twice: (9-20 FG, 6-7 FT) in Game 1 at Phoenix on 5/3 and (10-17 FG, 4-9 3FG) in Game 3 vs. Phoenix on 5/7 … scored 26 points (7-19 FG, 10-12 FT) and dished out 5 assists in 38 minutes in series-clinching game vs. Dallas on 4/29 … dished out a playoff career-high 11 assists to go along with 11 points in 40 minutes in Game 2 at Phoenix on 5/5… tallied 26 points (10-17 FG, 3-7 3FG, 3-3 FT), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals in 40 minutes in Game 1 at Dallas on 4/18… tied playoff career-high with 5 steals in Game 4 vs. Phoenix on 5/9.

2008–09: Appeared in 44 games, including seven starts, averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.45 steals in 26.8 minutes … shot .454 (223-491) from the floor, .330 (69-209) from 3-point range and .884 (168-190) from the line … ranked 11th in the NBA in FT% … scored in double figures 36 times, including eight 20-plus games and three 30-plus games … led the team in scoring six times, assists five times, rebounding twice, steals 20 times and blocks seven times … missed time due to two injuries … underwent successful arthroscopic surgery (the surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Richard Ferkel) on 9/3 to repair the posterior impingement of his left ankle … the injury was originally suffered during the 2008 Western Conference Finals and re-aggravated during the 2008 Olympics … missed the first 12 games of the season … suffered stress reaction of distal right fibula on 2/11 at Toronto and missed the next 19 games … returned to action on 3/25 vs. Golden State and appeared in six games before suffering a stress fracture of distal right fibula … the injury caused him the final six games of the regular season and the entire 2009 postseason … tallied 30 points, including a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals at Phoenix on 1/29 … his perfect night from the charity stripe set a new Spurs record for most free throws made in a game surpassing Tim Duncan’s record of 17-of-17 from the foul line back on 1/17/02 vs. Utah … made his season debut at Memphis on 11/24 finishing with 12 points, 4 rebounds and an assist in 11:16 minutes … twice posted a season-high 32 points: 32 points (12-23 FG, 4-7 3FG, 4-5 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 33:36 minutes at Toronto on 2/11 … 32 points (10-23 FG, 1-6 3FG, 11-12 FT), 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 34:39 minutes at Golden State on 2/2 … posted 27 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3PT-FG, 6-6 FT), 5 rebounds and 3 assists vs. Atlanta on 12/10 … netted 27 points (9-15 FG, 4-8 3FG, 5-6 FT) in 30:17 minutes vs. L.A. Lakers on 1/14 … finished with 26 points (8-10 FG, 4-4 3 FG, 6-7 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in just 20:38 minutes vs. Indiana on 1/20 … finished with 17 points, a season-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists at New Orleans on 12/17 … posted 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Memphis on 12/27 … tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 23:37 at Memphis on 1/2 … scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a perfect 8-of-8 on free throws in the final minute, to go along with a season-high tying 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 29:14 minutes at Utah on 1/27 … was inactive at New York on 2/17 and at Denver on 2/3.

2007–08: Named to the All-NBA Third Team … first South American – and first sixth man – to earn All-NBA honors … named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year … averaged 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.47 steals in 31.0 minutes … shot .460 (453-984) from the field, .401 (156-389) from three-point land and .860 (380-442) from the line … earned 23 starts in 74 games … ranked 32nd in scoring, 28th in assists, 17th in steals, 17th in 3PT-FG made, 30th in 3PT-FG percentage, 16th in FT made and 16th in FT percentage … the only player in the NBA to rank among the top 40 each of these seven statistical categories (despite ranking 94th in the league in minutes) … the first reserve to lead his team in scoring since Chris Gatling (Dallas) and Dominique Wilkins (San Antonio) in the 1996–97 season … in 51 games as a reserve averaged 18.2 points in 29.0 minutes while averaging 22.4 points in 35.4 minutes in 23 games as a starter … named the Western Conference Player of the Week on 2/25 after averaging 30.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds in a perfect 3-0 week … led the team in scoring 28 times and in assists 28 times … posted five double-doubles … scored in double figures 65 times with 20-or-more 34 times and 30-or-more 11 times … scored a season-high 46 points (15-20 FG, 8-11 3PT-FG, 8-9 FT) – to go along with 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals – at Cleveland on 2/13 (had 18 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in the fourth quarter) … two games later had 44 points (13-18 FG, 7-9 3PT-FG, 11-12 FT) at Minnesota on 2/21 … scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning 16-foot jumper with 6.2 seconds left, to lead the Spurs to a 100-99 victory … those two games were part of a five-game stretch (from 2/11 to 2/23) in which he averaged 34.4 ppg and 6.6 apg in 37.4 mpg while shooting .640 (55-86) from the field and .591 (26-44) from three-point land (the highest scoring five-game run by a Spur since David Robinson averaged 35.6 ppg from 3/19-to-3/27/94) … with Tim Duncan out of the lineup scored 37 in back-to-back games: had 37 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 39:01 minutes as a starter at Dallas on 12/5 … then posted 37 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals off the bench vs. Utah on 12/7 … had 34 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Toronto on 2/11 … finished with 13 points and a career-best 14 assists vs. Denver on 3/10 … missed a total of eight games due to injury: five with a sprained left index finger (12/26-1/4) and three due to a mild strain of his left adductor (4/11-4/14) … in the 2008 Playoffs averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.9 minutes … started 6 of 17 games … scored in double figures 13 times with 20-or-more eight times … had 31 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in Game 3 vs. New Orleans on 5/8 … scored 30 points (9-15 FG, 5-7 3PT-FG, 7-7 FT) in Game 3 vs. Los Angeles on 5/25 … suffered a posterior impingement of his left ankle in the first round versus Phoenix … the injury hampered him for the remainder of the playoffs … following a rest and rehabilitation process he was cleared to play in the 2008 Olympics … in the semifinals of the tournament, vs. the United States on 8/22, he re-aggravated the injury.

2006–07: Appeared in 75 games … averaged 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.45 steals in 27.5 minutes … shot .464 (396-854) from the field, .396 (128-323) from three-point land and .860 (320-372) from the line … only player in the NBA in the 2006–07 season to average over 15 points per game while playing under 30 minutes per contest … led the team in scoring 21 times, in assists 14 times and in steals 35 times … scored in double-figures 64 times with 20-or-more 15 times and 30-or-more five times … set a franchise record by scoring 24 consecutive points at Atlanta on 2/21 (during the run – which lasted from 2:27 in the first to 9:40 in the second – he hit 8-9 FG and 7-7 FT and the Spurs went from leading 15-14 to up 39-23) … finished the game with a season-high 40 points in 32:17 minutes … had 34 points (10-15 FG, 6-8 3PT-FG, 8-9 FT) and a season-high 5 steals in 27:23 minutes at Memphis on 1/7 … scored 32 points at Phoenix on 2/1 … twice finished with 31 points: in 26:57 minutes vs. Orlando on 3/2 and in 29:03 minutes at Sacramento on 3/8 … named the Western Conference Player of the Week on 3/12 … for the week averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Spurs posted a 4-0 record … started 36 games … averaged 16.4 points in 28.9 minutes as a starter vs. 16.7 points in 26.2 minutes off the bench … after moving to the bench on 1/28 at Los Angeles the Spurs went on a 27-7 run (including a 13-game winning streak from 2/13-3/13) … missed five games (11/26-12/2) with a lower back contusion … was on the inactive list for the final two games of the regular season … averaged 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.65 steals in 30.1 minutes in the 2007 Playoffs … shot .401 (99-247) from the field, .384 (38-99) from three-point land and .836 (97-116) from the line … scored in double-figures 15 times in the postseason … averaged 17.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in the Finals … scored a game-high 27 points in 33:26 minutes in Game 4 at Cleveland on 6/14 … had 25 points and 6 rebounds in 28:07 minutes in Game 2 vs. Cleveland on 6/10 … posted three double-doubles in the postseason: finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5 at Phoenix on 5/16, finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and 4 steals in Game 6 vs. Phoenix on 5/18 and had 23 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds in Game 1 vs. Utah on 5/20 … Spurs were 7-0 in playoff games in which he scored 20-or-more.

2005–06: Averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.55 steals in 27.9 minutes in 65 games … shot .462 (309-669) from the field, .382 (83-217) from three-point land and .778 (280-360) from the line … led the team in scoring 12 times, in assists 15 times and in steals 31 times … scored in double-figures 53 times with 20-or-more 15 times … scored a season-high 29 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3PT-FG, 11-12 FT) at Indiana on 2/12 (scored 10 points in the final 88 seconds of the game to lead the Spurs to a 92-88 win) … had 28 points (8-12 FG, 4-7 3PT-FG, 8-8 FT) in 34:41 minutes at Washington on 11/12 … posted two double-doubles … had 14 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a season-best 37:20 minutes at Chicago on 11/7 … finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Atlanta on 12/10 … scored the Spurs final 14 points (finishing with 22 points) to lead the team to a 106-99 win vs. Washington on 4/1 … missed a total of 16 games due to a variety of injuries: two due to a bone bruise in his right ankle (12/1 and 12/3), eight due to a right mid-foot sprain (12/13–12/25), three due to a sprained right ankle (1/22–1/25), one due to contusions of his left calf and left quadriceps (3/18) and two due to a left calf contusion (4/9–4/11) … registered a DNP-CD on 4/13 … in the 2006 Playoffs averaged 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.46 steals in 32.8 minutes … started 11 of the team’s 13 games … scored 20-or-more six times in the postseason … had 32 points and 9 assists in Game 2 vs. Sacramento on 4/25 … finished with 27 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3PT-FG, 8-8 FT) in Game 5 vs. Sacramento on 5/2 … in the seven-game Spurs-Mavericks series averaged 21.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.29 steals in 34.7 minutes … had 26 points (8-11 FG, 4-4 3PT-FG, 6-6 FT) in 26:42 minutes off the bench in Game 4 at Dallas on 5/15 … had team highs with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals in Game 6 at Dallas on 5/19.

2004-05: Named a reserve for the 2005 All-Star Game … averaged 16.0 points, 4.4 rebounds. 3.9 assists and a teambest 1.61 steals in 29.6 minutes in 74 games … shot .471 (367-780) from the field, .376 (97-258) from three-point land and .803 (355-442) from the line … ranked 11th in the NBA in steals … scored in double-figures 62 times with 20-or-more 18 times and 30-or-more four times (in his first two seasons scored 20-or-more just 12 times in 146 games) … had a career-high 48 points (16-22 FG, 5-7 3PT-FG, 11-12 FT) – and a team-high 6 assists – in the Spurs 128-123 overtime victory at Phoenix on 1/21 … the highest point total for a Spur since Tim Duncan scored 53 vs. Dallas on 12/26/01 … finished with 40 points – along with 9 assists – in a career-high 50 minutes at the L.A. Clippers on 4/9 … had 31 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3PT-FG, 14-15 FT), 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes vs. Utah on 3/6 … scored 30 points vs. Portland on 4/12 … had 8 points and 3 rebounds in 22 minutes in the 2005 All-Star Game … missed eight games due to injury: one with a strained neck (12/30), one with a right quadriceps contusion (1/17), five with right groin tightness (3/9-3/18) and one due to a stomach virus (4/10) … in the 2005 postseason averaged 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.22 steals in 33.6 minutes … scored in double-figures 22 times in 23 playoff games with 20-or-more 12 times … in the postseason ranked 16th in scoring, 39th in rebounds, 21st in assists, 25th in steals, 13th in FG percentage (.507), 14th in three-point percentage (.438) and 29th in FT percentage (.795) … had the third highest point total in the 2005 playoffs (with 479, trailing only Tim Duncan and Richard Hamilton) … averaged a team-high 22.8 points in the First Round versus Denver (despite coming off the bench in four of the five games) … after starting Game 1 of the series came off the bench as the Spurs won four straight … had 32 points and 9 rebounds in 31 minutes in the Spurs 86-78 Game 3 win in Denver on 4/30 … in six games in the Second Round vs. Seattle averaged 20.5 points while shooting .576 (34-59) from the field and .550 (11-20) from downtown … in his return to the starting lineup (after coming off the bench for eight straight games) scored a playoff career-high 39 points (10-15 FG, 4-6 3PT-FG, 15-17 FT) in 36 minutes in Game 5 vs. Seattle on 5/17 … had his first playoff double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Game 6 vs. Detroit on 6/21 … in Game 7 of the Finals finished with 23 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3PT-FG, 5-5 FT), 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes vs. Detroit on 6/23.

2003-04: Averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.77 steals in 29.4 minutes … shot .418 (330-789) from the field, .359 (88-245) from three-point land and .802 (239-298) from the line … had 38 starts in 77 games … came off the bench in each of his final 34 games … as a starter averaged 13.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.00 steals in 32.8 minutes compared to 12.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.54 steals in 25.9 minutes off the bench … shot better coming off the bench: .434 (161-371) FG, .383 (41-107) 3PT-FG and .818 (117-143) FT … ranked seventh in the NBA in steals per game … led the team in scoring 14 times (second behind Duncan), in assists 25 times (second behind Parker) and in steals a team-best 36 times … scored in double-figures 54 times with 20-or-more 11 times … had a season-high 33 points and a season-best 12 rebounds in a season-high 45 minutes vs. the L.A. Lakers on 11/6 … had a game-high 29 points in 25 minutes vs. Sacramento on 3/31 … in under three minutes in the fourth quarter in Chicago on 12/8 scored 14 straight points to turn a 75-74 Bulls lead (with 5:05 left) into an 88-78 Spurs lead (2:20) and finished with a team-high 26 points … missed five games due to a lower back sprain (on the injured list from 1/5 to 1/14) … named to the sophomore squad for the 2004 Rookie Challenge … finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal in 21 minutes … appeared in all 10 Spurs playoff games, averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.70 steals in 28.0 minutes … scored in double-figures eight times in the postseason … led the team in scoring in back-to-back games: had 17 points in Game 3 at Los Angeles on 5/9 and finished with 21 points – along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists – in 30 minutes in Game 4 at Los Angeles on 5/11.

2002-03: Named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team … appeared in 69 games, averaging 7.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.39 steals in 20.7 minutes … shot .438 (174-397) from the field, .345 (51-148) from three-point land and .737 (126-171) from the line … named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March … averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.24 steals as the Spurs went 14-3 for the month … scored in double-figures 21 times … had a season-high 20 points (6-7 FG, 2-3 3PT-FG, 6-6 FT) in 28 minutes at Houston on 3/2 … started the season with a sprained right ankle (suffered in the 2002 World Championships) … tweaked the ankle several times before being placed on the injured list from 12/5-12/29 (missed 11 games while on the injured list) … logged two DNP-CDs (1/3 and 3/16) … appeared in all 24 playoff games, averaging 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a team-best 1.71 steals in 27.5 minutes … scored in double-figures 13 times with a playoff-best 21 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3PT-FG, 2-2 FT) in Game 4 at Dallas on 5/25 … ranked second among all players in the 2003 postseason in total steals with 41 (Ben Wallace led with 42) … led all players in steals in the NBA Finals averaging 2.17 in the six-game series … averaged 11.7 points (third on the team) while shooting .512 (21-41) from the field in the six-game series with the Lakers.

2001–02: Named the Italian League MVP for the second straight season … appeared in 36 games for Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna … averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 4.31 steals in 32.3 minutes per contest … ranked fifth in the league in scoring and led the league in steals … in Euroleague play appeared in 22 games, averaging 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.55 steals.

2000–01: Named the MVP of both the Italian League and the Euroleague Finals as Bologna captured the title in both leagues … appeared in 34 games for Virtus Bologna, averaging 17.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.82 steals in 28.9 minutes per contest …led Bologna to the Italian National Cup and the Italian Championship … led Bologna to the Euroleague title, averaging 15.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.91 steals in 29.7 minutes in 22 Euroleague games.

1999–00: Played in 30 games with Reggio Calabria of the Italian A1 League … averaged 17.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30.6 minutes per contest.

1998–99: In his first season in Italy averaged 16.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29 games with Calabria.

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Height: 6'6''/ 1.98m
Weight: 205 lbs./ 93 kg
Born: July 28, 1977
From: Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Draft: 2nd Round (57th pick) 1999 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2002
Years Pro: 12
Previous Teams:
  San Antonio Spurs 2002 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Kinder Bologna/Argentina

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