Ginobili the only 2nd-round pick to play 200 playoff games

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Whoever believes significant value can't be found in the second round of the NBA draft needs to take a good, hard look at the playing career of San Antonio Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobili.

The 39-year-old Argentinian made his 200th postseason appearance Thursday when the Spurs traveled to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies, becoming the only second-round pick to appear in at least 200 playoff games.

He also became just the 10th player in NBA history to reach the 200-game mark. The other nine: Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251), Robert Horry (244), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (237), Kobe Bryant (220), Shaquille O'Neal (216), Tony Parker (215), Scottie Pippen (208), and LeBron James (202).

Right behind Ginobili on that list is current Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge (193), who was selected 31st overall in the second round back in 1981 by the franchise he now runs.

Ginobili, who was drafted second from the bottom by San Antonio in 1999, has won four championships, made two All-Star teams, and took home Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2008 - all in a Spurs uniform.