Manu Ginobili is not the quickest guy in the league. Not the best ball handler. Yet the guy can just get to the rim.
He’s back healthy this season and once again his little hesitation move, his crossover, his often seemingly awkward shots over defenders are falling and making life for defenders impossible. It starts with the fact he takes more threes than anything and is hitting 38.2 percent this season, so you have to respect that shot and defend it.
But when you do he can drive on you and… well, just watch the video and listen to the guys who have to defend him.
With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).
Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.
It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.
The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).
Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.
Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.
His swagger certainly remains intact.