Mini-Profile: Manu Ginobili

Next up in the series is a man looking to lead the Spurs in the absence of Tony Parker, Argentine Manu Ginobili.

Manu Ginobili leading the way

Manu Ginobili leading the way

Bio:

Age- 35 (28/07/77)

Position- Shooting Guard

Height- 6’6″

Nationality- Argentinian

Previous Teams- San Antonio Spurs (2002-present)

Season Highs:

Points- 23 (v Houston 28/12/12)

Assists- 15 (v Sacramento 01/03/13)

3pt made- 6 (v Orlando 28/11/12)

20+ Points- 7 (Most recent v Phoenix 26/01/13)

Career Highs:

Points- 48 (v Phoenix 21/01/05)

Points Per Game Average- 19.5 (San Antonio 2007-08)

3-pointers made- 8 (v Cleveland 13/02/08)

Rebounds- 15 (v Toronto 11/02/08)

Assists- 15 (v Sacramento 01/03/13 )

Honours

NBA Champion 2003, 2005, 2007

NBA All-Star 2005, 2011

NBA Sixth-man of the Year 2008

2004 Olympics Gold Medalist

2008 Olympics Silver Medalist

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Mini-Profile: Serge Ibaka

Next up in the Mini-Profile series is Serge Ibaka following OKC Thunder’s win against the Lakers.

OKC Thunder's Serge Ibaka

OKC Thunder’s Serge Ibaka

Bio: 

Age- 23 (18/09/89) 

Position- Centre

Height- 6’10″

Nationality- Congolese/Spanish

Previous Teams- OKC Thunder (2009-present)

Season Highs:

Points- 26 (v Washington 07/01/13)

Rebounds- 17 (v San Antonio 17/12/12 & v Dallas 27/12/12)

Blocks- 7 x3 (Most recent v Utah 12/02/13)

20+ Points- 5 (Most recent v Washington 07/01/13)

10+ Rebounds- 12 (Most recent v Chicago 24/02/13)

Double-Doubles- 10 (Most notable  25p,17r v San Antonio 17/12/12)

Career Highs:

Points- 26 (v Washington 07/01/13)

Points Per Game Average- 13.6 (OKC 2012-13*)

Rebounds- 20 (v Phoenix 07/03/12)

Blocks- 11 (v Denver 19/02/12)

* as of 6th March 2013 after game v LA Lakers.

Honours

24th pick in 2008 NBA Draft

2011 EuroBasket Gold Medalist (Spain)

NBA Blocks Champion 2012

NBA All-Defensive First Team 2012

2012 Olympics Silver Medalist (Spain)

Mini-Profile: Joakim Noah

Chicago's 2013 All-Star Joakim Noah

Chicago’s 2013 All-Star Joakim Noah

Next up in the Mini-Profile series is Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah who recently played in the NBA All-Star Game. 

Twitter: @JoakimNoah

Bio:

Age- 27 (25/02/85)

Position- Centre

Height- 6’11″

Nationality- French/American

Previous Teams- Chicago Bulls (2007-present)

Season Highs:

Points- 30 (v Detroit 07/12/12)

Rebounds- 23 (v Detroit 07/12/12)

Assists- 10 (v Boston 18/12/12 & v Washington 26/01/13)

Blocks- 6 (v LA Lakers 21/01/13)

20+ Points- 5 (Most recent v Philadelphia 21/12/12)

10+ Rebounds- 34 (Most recent v New Orleans 19/02/13)

Double-Doubles- 26 (Most notable  30pts, 23rbs v Detroit 07/12/12)

Triple-Doubles- 1 (v Boston 18/12/12)

Career Highs:

Points- 30 (v Detroit 07/12/12)

Points Per Game Average- 11.8 (Chicago Bulls 2012-13*)

Rebounds- 23 (v Detroit 07/12/12)

Assists- 10 (on three occasions)

Blocks- 8 (v Minnesota 25/01/09)

Honours:

NBA All-Star 2013

NBA All-Defensive Second Team 2011

9th Pick in 2007 NBA Draft

2011 EuroBasket Silver Medallist (France)

Did You Know:

Joakim Noah has never scored a 3-pointer in the NBA.

* as of 20th February after Bulls’ win over New Orleans

Mini-Profile: J.R Smith

The latest edition of the Mini-Profile series takes a look at NY Knicks‘ star, J.R Smith.

J.R Smith of the NY Knicks

J.R Smith of the NY Knicks

Twitter: @TheRealJRSmith

Bio:

Age- 27 (09/09/85)

Position- Shooting Guard

Height- 6’6″

Nationality- American

Previous Teams- New Orleans Hornets (2004-06) Denver Nuggets (2006-11) New York Knicks (2012-present)

Season Highs:

Points- 28 (v Sacramento 28/12/12)

20+ points- 14 (Most recent v Toronto 13/02/13)

Assists- 7 (v Minnesota 23/12/12)

3pt made- 7 (v Sacramento 02/02/13)

Double-doubles- 3 (Most recent v Portland 01/01/13)

Career Highs:

Points- 45 (v Sacramento 13/04/09)

Points Per Game Average- 16.2 (NY Knicks 2012-present*)

Assists- 9 (v Orlando 05/04/12)

3-pointers made- 11 (v Sacramento 13/04/09)

Games played- 588* (85 for NY Knicks)

*as of 14th February 2013

Honours

18th pick in 2004 NBA Draft

2005 Slam Dunk Contest 3rd place

2009 Slam Dunk Contest 3rd place

2012 CBA All-Star

Mini-Profile: Shane Battier

The latest edition of the Mini-Profile series takes a look at an unsung hero in the Miami Heat side, Shane Battier.

Twitter: @ShaneBattier

Miami Heat's Shane Battier

Miami Heat’s Shane Battier

Bio:

Age- 34 (09/09/78)

Position- Small Forward

Height- 6’8″

Nationality- American

Previous Teams- Memphis Grizzlies (2001-2006 & 2010-11) Houston Rockets (2006-2011) Miami Heat (2011-present)

Season Highs:

Points- 18 (v Denver 15/11/12)

10+ points- 8 (Most recent v LA Clippers 08/02/13)

Assists- 3 (v Houston 06/02/13)

3pt made- 6 (v Denver 15/11/12)

Most minutes- 36 (v Boston 27/01/13)

Career Highs:

Points- 33 (v Toronto 04/03/05)

Points Per Game Average- 14.4 (Memphis 2001-02)

Assists- 8 (v Milwaukee 18/12/01)

3-pointers made- 7 (v New Jersey 27/12/06)

Games played- 875* (108 for Miami)

*as of 13th February 2013

Honours

6th pick in 2001 NBA Draft

2002 All-Rookie First Team

2006 World Championship Bronze (USA)

2012 NBA Champion (Miami Heat)

Highest 3-point shooting percentage at an NBA Finals (57.7%) when making 15+ triples