Marc Gasol

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gasol and the second or maternal family name is Sáez.
Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol Grizzlies.jpg
Gasol with the Grizzlies
No. 33 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-01-29) January 29, 1985 (age 29)
Barcelona, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Lausanne Collegiate School
(Memphis, Tennessee)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2006 FC Barcelona
2006–2008 Akasvayu Girona
2008–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Marc Gasol Sáez (born January 29, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 NBA draft and went on to sign with the Grizzlies where he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013. The 7'1" center is the younger brother of fellow NBA player Pau Gasol.

Early years[edit]

While he spent almost all of his childhood in the Barcelona area, Gasol moved as a teenager with his parents to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee in 2001, after his older brother Pau was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and then had his rights traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who finalized their move from Vancouver just after the draft. Gasol played high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis.[1] Nicknamed "the Big Burrito",[2] he was named Division 2's Mr. Basketball in 2003 following a senior season in which he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game.[3] In 2008, Lausanne retired Gasol's #33 jersey.[4] His parents still live in Germantown.[5]

After graduating from Lausanne, Gasol returned to his home country of Spain to play in the Liga ACB for FC Barcelona. After his solid play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Gasol accepted an offer from Akasvayu Girona,[2] where he played two seasons and was named the 2008 ACB Most Valuable Player.

NBA career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies (2008–present)[edit]

Gasol was selected with the 48th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft. On February 1, 2008, his draft rights were traded by the Lakers to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a trade package that included his older brother, Pau, who was sent from the Grizzlies to the Lakers. No other instance is known where an NBA player was traded for his brother.

2008–09 season[edit]

On June 23, 2008, Gasol signed with the Grizzlies.[6] He went on to start his rookie season in fine form, scoring 10-plus points in 10 straight games on 49-for-84 shooting in November 2008.[7] He finished the season with a .530 field goal percentage, a franchise record, beating out a record previously held by his brother, Pau, who shot 51.8% from the field his rookie season.[8]

2009–10 season[edit]

In his second season, Gasol saw an increased amount of playing time, going from 30.7 minutes per game to 35.8. He used his increased amount of minutes to average 14.6 points with 9.3 rebounds per game. He also recorded a career high field goal percentage at 58.1%, ranking 4th in the league.[9]

2010–11 season[edit]

In 2010–11, Gasol averaged 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 81 games (all starts). He went on to average 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game during the playoffs, helping the Grizzlies upset top-seeded San Antonio Spurs before pushing Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games in the semi-finals. He finished second in rebounds per game and third in blocks per game during the playoffs.[10]

On June 24, 2011, the Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to Gasol in order to make him a restricted free agent, giving them the chance to match any offer he might get during the offseason.[10]

2011–12 season[edit]

On December 14, 2011, Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies to a four-year, $58 million contract.[11] During the week of January 16–22, Gasol led the Grizzlies to a perfect 4–0 record, averaging 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. During that time, he recorded three double-doubles, earning him Western Conference Player of the Week honors.[12] He was later named an NBA All-Star for the first time, starting as a reserve for the West. In 2011–12, he averaged 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks in 65 games (all starts). In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games.

2012–13 season[edit]

After averaging 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game during the 2012–13 season, Gasol was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first European player to win the award. In 2012–13, Memphis surrendered a league-low 88.7 points per game. According to, Gasol's +5.4 score differential ranked second among the league's centers. The Grizzlies also had a +7.5 score differential when Gasol was playing versus −3.9 when he was on the bench.[13] ESPN lauded the Grizzlies' ability to force turnovers with Gasol on the court anchoring the defense.[14] Gasol also averaged 14.1 points and 4.0 assists per game – his 318 assists for the season were the highest total among all centers.[15]

Despite being named the Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol was left off the NBA All-Defensive first team and was named to the second team instead. Of the players named to both teams, Gasol received the least amount of votes.[16] The Defensive Player of the Year was named by sportswriters, while the All-Defensive team members were named by coaches.[17]

2013–14 season[edit]

In 2013–14, Gasol played a career low 59 games for the season. He was sidelined for two months in November 2013 with a knee injury, and in those 23 games he missed, the Grizzlies were just 10-13 and had a season-high five-game losing streak in that time. In 59 games with Gasol available, the Grizzlies were 40-19 – a 56-win pace when extended over a full 82-game schedule.[18] He finished the season with averages of 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists per game.

2014–15 season[edit]

On October 29, 2014, Gasol scored a career-high 32 points as the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-101 for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000, the year before the team moved to Memphis.[19]

International career[edit]

Marc and Pau playing for Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In 2006, Gasol was named to the Spanish national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan as a replacement for NBA-draftee Fran Vazquez.[2] Spain went on to win the gold medal in Japan, as well as at the 2009 FIBA EuroBasket. He also won silver medals at the 2007 FIBA EuroBasket, the 2008 Olympics and the 2012 Olympics.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]



Spanish national team[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Memphis 82 75 30.7 .530 .000 .733 7.4 1.7 0.8 1.1 11.9
2009–10 Memphis 69 69 35.8 .581 .000 .670 9.3 2.4 1.0 1.6 14.6
2010–11 Memphis 81 81 31.9 .527 .429 .748 7.0 2.5 0.9 1.7 11.7
2011–12 Memphis 65 65 36.5 .482 .083 .748 8.9 3.1 1.0 1.9 14.6
2012–13 Memphis 80 80 35.0 .494 .071 .848 7.8 4.0 1.0 1.7 14.1
2013–14 Memphis 59 59 33.4 .473 .182 .768 7.2 3.6 1.0 1.3 14.6
Career 436 429 33.7 .512 .152 .749 7.9 2.9 0.9 1.5 13.5
All-Star 1 0 13.0 .400 .000 .000 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0


2011 Memphis 13 13 39.9 .511 .000 .699 11.2 2.2 1.1 2.2 15.0
2012 Memphis 7 7 37.3 .522 .000 .791 6.7 3.1 0.3 1.9 15.1
2013 Memphis 15 15 40.6 .454 .000 .800 8.5 3.2 0.9 2.2 17.2
2014 Memphis 7 7 42.7 .405 .000 .794 7.7 4.4 1.7 0.9 17.3
Career 42 42 40.2 .467 .000 .767 8.9 3.1 1.0 1.9 16.2

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