Gasol with the Grizzlies
|No. 33 – Memphis Grizzlies|
January 29, 1985 |
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Lausanne Collegiate School
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||2004–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Marc Gasol Sáez (born January 29, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gasol was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Pro career
- 3 Spanish national team
- 4 Awards and accomplishments
- 5 NBA career statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
While he spent almost all of his childhood in the Barcelona area, he moved as a teenager with his parents to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee in 2001, after his older brother Pau Gasol 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. Nicknamed "the Big Burrito", 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. In 2008, Lausanne retired Gasol's #33 jersey. His parents still live in Germantown.
After his graduation from Lausanne, Gasol returned to his home country of Spain to play in the Liga ACB to play for FC Barcelona. After his solid play in the 2006 world championships, Gasol accepted an offer from Akasvayu Girona, where he played two seasons and was named the 2008 ACB Most Valuable Player.
Gasol was drafted in the second round, 48th overall, 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 went to the Lakers. No other instance is known where an NBA player was traded for his brother. On June 23, 2008 he signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gasol met his rookie season with success, scoring 10-plus points in 10 straight games on 49-for-84 shooting in October 2008. Gasol broke the franchise rookie record of the highest field goal percentage at the end of the season by shooting 53%. The previous record was held by his older brother Pau, who shot 51.8% from the field his rookie season.
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 a game along with 9.3 rebounds. Gasol also shot a career high in field goal percentage at 58%, ranking 4th in the league.
He averaged 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while starting 81 games in the regular season. In the 2011 playoffs Gasol averaged 15 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists, helping the Grizzlies upset top-seeded San Antonio Spurs before pushing Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games in the semifinals. He finished second in rebounds per game and third with 2.15 blocks per game in the playoffs. Gasol’s exceptional work raised up his value even more. The Memphis Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Gasol, giving them the chance to match any offer he might get during the offseason.
In December 2011, Gasol signed a four-year $58-million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies  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. Gasol reached three point-rebound double-doubles in those four games, earning him Western Conference Player of the Week honors. He entered his first All-Star game as a reserve player. During the 2011-2012 season, he averaged 14.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 1.9 bpg in 36.5 mpg. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games.
Gasol was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season. He became the first European player to win the award. He averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steal per game during the season, making him one of only six players to average at least 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals. Memphis surrendered a league-low 88.7 points per game. According to NBA.com, 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. ESPN lauded the Grizzlies' ability to force turnovers with Gasol on the court anchoring the defense. Gasol also averaged 4.0 assists per game with 318 for the season, the highest total among all NBA centers.
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. The Defensive Player of the Year was named by sportswriters, while the All-Defensive Team members were named by coaches.
Spanish national team
In 2006, Gasol was named to the Spanish national team to the world championships in Japan as a replacement for NBA-draftee Fran Vazquez. Gasol was part of the Spanish national basketball team that won gold medals at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2009 FIBA European Championships. He also won silver medals at the 2007 FIBA European Championship, the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament, and the 2012 Olympics Basketball Tournament.
Awards and accomplishments
- Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division 2 "Mr. Basketball" (2003)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2008–09)
- NBA All-Star (2012)
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (2013)
- All-NBA Second Team (2013)
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013)
- Won the Spanish Championship (2004)
- Won the Spanish Supercup (2004)
- Won the EuroChallenge Championship (2007)
- Won the Catalan Tournament (2007)
- Spanish ACB League MVP (2008)
Spanish national team
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Gold Medal
- 2007 FIBA European Championship: Silver Medal
- 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament: Silver Medal
- 2009 FIBA European Championship: Gold Medal
- 2011 FIBA European Championship: Gold Medal
- 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament: Silver Medal
- 2013 FIBA European Championship: Bronze Medal
- 2013 FIBA EuroBasket All-Tournament Team
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Jenkins, Lee (2010-03-29). "The power of Pau". Sports Illustrated. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
- Smith, Jason. "Lausanne honors former star, Griz rookie Gasol". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Grizz Marc Gasol's High School Days".
- Jenkins, Lee (2010-03-29). "The power of Pau". Sports Illustrated. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
- Grizzlies sign Gasol.
- Marc Gasol Game Log – 2008–09.
- ESPN.com recap.
- "Grizzlies extend qualifying offer to center Gasol". Sports Illustrated. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- Memphis Marc Gasol wins 2012–13 KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
- "Grizzlies' Gasol named Kia Defensive Player of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 24, 2013. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013.
- Saini, Sunny (April 24, 2013). "Gasol's stingy defense earns award". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013.
- "NBA Player Assists Statistics – 2012–13".
- Grizzlies' Allen, Heat's James headline 2012–13 NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Marc Gasol left off LeBron James-led all-defensive team
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marc Gasol.|
- Marc Gasol on Twitter
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- 2010 FIBA World Championship Profile
- The Other Gasol Article
- Basketball club founded by Marc Gasol in Girona