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Pau Gasol

34-Year-Old    C,PF    Chicago Bulls

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

17.4

REB

9.7

AST

3.4

STL

0.5

BLK

1.5

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Gasol will get a fresh start on the Bulls after toiling away on a lowly Lakers squad last season. In 60 games, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 31 minutes per game. The veteran forward struggled to fit into coach Mike D'Ant...

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HT: 7' 0"   WT: 227 lbs   DOB: 7/6/1980  College: Spain   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2001   Show ContractHide Contract

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Became unrestricted free agent in July 2014.

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Pau Gasol NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 23 56 32.0 17.8 7.3 2.4 0.7 1.7 0.0 51.4 76.8 2.4 2.3 5.0 0.1 16.7 6.4 12.4 5.0 6.6
2005-06 24 80 39.2 20.4 8.9 4.6 0.6 1.9 0.0 50.3 68.9 2.9 2.4 6.5 0.2 25.0 7.5 14.9 5.3 7.7
2006-07 25 59 36.2 20.8 9.8 3.4 0.5 2.1 0.1 53.8 74.8 2.7 2.5 7.3 0.2 27.3 7.8 14.5 5.1 6.8
2007-08 26 66 35.6 18.9 8.4 3.2 0.5 1.5 0.1 53.4 80.7 1.9 2.3 6.0 0.2 25.0 7.2 13.5 4.4 5.5
2008-09 27 81 37.0 18.9 9.6 3.5 0.6 1.0 0.0 56.7 78.1 1.9 3.2 6.4 0.0 50.0 7.3 12.9 4.2 5.4
2009-10 28 65 37.0 18.3 11.3 3.4 0.6 1.7 0.0 53.6 79.0 2.2 3.7 7.6 0.1 0.0 7.0 13.0 4.4 5.6
2010-11 29 LAL 82 37.0 18.8 10.2 3.3 0.6 1.6 0.0 52.9 82.3 1.7 3.3 6.9 0.0 33.3 7.2 13.7 4.3 5.2
2011-12 30 LAL 65 37.4 17.4 10.4 3.7 0.6 1.4 0.1 50.1 78.2 2.2 2.8 7.6 0.4 25.9 7.1 14.1 3.1 4.0
2012-13 31 LAL 49 33.8 13.7 8.6 4.1 0.5 1.2 0.2 46.6 70.2 2.1 2.3 6.3 0.6 28.6 5.5 11.8 2.6 3.6
2013-14 32 LAL 60 31.4 17.4 9.7 3.4 0.5 1.5 0.1 48.0 73.6 2.4 2.1 7.6 0.2 28.6 7.1 14.8 3.1 4.2
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Pau Gasol – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Power Forward
Also Listed As:  #2 Center

1.  Pau Gasol

2.  Taj Gibson

3.  Nikola Mirotic

4.  Doug McDermott

5.  Cameron Bairstow

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True Shooting Percentage

52.2%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Pau Gasol had a true shooting percentage of 52.2%.

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Pau Gasol NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 23 56 36.0 20.1 8.2 2.7 0.7 1.9 0.0 51.4 76.8 2.8 2.6 5.6 0.1 16.7 7.2 14.0 5.7 7.4
2005-06 24 80 36.0 18.7 8.2 4.3 0.5 1.8 0.0 50.3 68.9 2.7 2.2 6.0 0.1 25.0 6.9 13.7 4.9 7.1
2006-07 25 59 36.0 20.7 9.8 3.4 0.5 2.1 0.1 53.8 74.8 2.7 2.5 7.3 0.2 27.3 7.8 14.5 5.0 6.8
2007-08 26 66 36.0 19.1 8.5 3.2 0.5 1.5 0.1 53.4 80.7 1.9 2.4 6.1 0.2 25.0 7.3 13.6 4.5 5.5
2008-09 27 81 36.0 18.3 9.4 3.4 0.6 1.0 0.0 56.7 78.1 1.9 3.1 6.2 0.0 50.0 7.1 12.5 4.1 5.3
2009-10 28 65 36.0 17.8 11.0 3.3 0.6 1.7 0.0 53.6 79.0 2.1 3.6 7.4 0.1 0.0 6.8 12.6 4.3 5.4
2010-11 29 LAL 82 36.0 18.3 9.9 3.2 0.6 1.5 0.0 52.9 82.3 1.7 3.2 6.7 0.0 33.3 7.0 13.3 4.2 5.1
2011-12 30 LAL 65 36.0 16.7 10.0 3.5 0.5 1.3 0.1 50.1 78.2 2.1 2.7 7.3 0.4 25.9 6.8 13.6 3.0 3.9
2012-13 31 LAL 49 36.0 14.6 9.2 4.4 0.5 1.3 0.2 46.6 70.2 2.3 2.4 6.7 0.6 28.6 5.9 12.6 2.7 3.9
2013-14 32 LAL 60 36.0 19.9 11.1 3.8 0.5 1.8 0.1 48.0 73.6 2.7 2.4 8.7 0.3 28.6 8.1 16.9 3.6 4.9
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Pau Gasol NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 23 56 1790 997 410 135 37 93 1 51.4 76.8 137 130 280 6 16.7 357 695 282 367
2005-06 24 80 3135 1628 713 371 46 153 3 50.3 68.9 235 191 522 12 25.0 600 1194 425 617
2006-07 25 59 2133 1226 581 201 29 126 3 53.8 74.8 162 149 432 11 27.3 462 858 299 400
2007-08 26 66 2351 1246 553 211 30 98 4 53.4 80.7 124 155 398 16 25.0 475 890 292 362
2008-09 27 81 2999 1528 780 285 52 81 1 56.7 78.1 157 262 518 2 50.0 592 1045 343 439
2009-10 28 65 2404 1190 734 218 37 113 0 53.6 79.0 143 243 491 5 0.0 452 844 286 362
2010-11 29 LAL 82 3037 1541 836 273 48 130 1 52.9 82.3 142 268 568 3 33.3 593 1120 354 430
2011-12 30 LAL 65 2430 1129 678 238 37 88 7 50.1 78.2 142 183 495 27 25.9 459 917 204 261
2012-13 31 LAL 49 1655 673 421 200 24 61 8 46.6 70.2 104 111 310 28 28.6 270 579 125 178
2013-14 32 LAL 60 1884 1041 580 201 27 92 4 48.0 73.6 141 124 456 14 28.6 425 885 187 254
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Pau Gasol NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 23 56 32.0 58.2 51.4 12.0 12.1 1.0 19.9
2005-06 24 80 39.2 55.5 50.4 17.9 11.3 1.6 23.6
2006-07 25 59 36.2 59.3 54.0 14.4 11.6 1.2 25.5
2007-08 26 66 35.6 59.4 53.6 15.2 9.0 1.7 23.2
2008-09 27 81 37.0 61.7 56.7 17.0 9.3 1.8 24.9
2009-10 28 65 37.0 59.3 53.6 16.0 10.5 1.5 25.9
2010-11 29 LAL 82 37.0 58.9 53.0 15.8 8.2 1.9 25.4
2011-12 30 LAL 65 37.4 54.7 50.4 16.9 10.1 1.7 23.3
2012-13 31 LAL 49 33.8 51.2 47.3 20.8 10.8 1.9 18.6
2013-14 32 LAL 60 31.4 52.2 48.2 15.0 10.5 1.4 21.2
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Pau Gasol 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 29 WAS                                
Apr 27 at WAS                                
Apr 25 at WAS                                
Apr 22 WAS                                
Apr 20 WAS                                
Apr 16 at CHA                                
Apr 14 ORL                                
Apr 13 at NYK                                
Apr 11 DET                                
Apr 9 at MIN                                
Apr 5 at WAS                                
Apr 4 MIL                                
Apr 2 at ATL                                
Mar 31 BOS                                
Mar 30 at BOS                                
Mar 28 POR                                
Mar 24 IND                                
Mar 22 PHI                                
Mar 21 at IND 32 14 14 5 1 1 5 6 14 2 5 0 0 3 11 1
Mar 19 at PHI 36 22 10 6 1 4 1 8 18 6 8 0 0 4 6 4
Mar 17 OKC                                
Mar 15 SAC                                
Mar 13 HOU 26 14 6 2 0 2 2 5 12 4 6 0 0 3 3 1
Mar 11 SAS                                
Mar 9 MIA 39 20 11 3 0 1 3 8 17 4 4 0 0 1 10 3
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Mar 7 MEM 30 27 5 1 1 0 0 12 21 3 6 0 0 0 5 2
Mar 5 at DET                                
Mar 3 at BKN 34 22 9 5 2 2 1 10 20 2 2 0 0 2 7 0
Mar 2 NYK                                
Feb 28 at DAL 39 22 5 6 0 2 5 10 17 2 4 0 0 0 5 2
Feb 26 GSW 35 17 10 3 0 1 1 7 14 3 4 0 0 1 9 2
Feb 25 at ATL 27 13 9 2 2 4 2 6 13 1 1 0 0 3 6 3
Feb 23 at MIA 29 22 11 0 0 1 2 8 12 6 7 0 0 2 9 3
Feb 21 DEN 22 16 7 3 0 2 1 6 12 4 6 0 0 1 6 2
Feb 19 at TOR                                
Feb 13 BKN                                
Feb 11 ATL                                
Feb 9 at LAL                                
Feb 6 at GSW                                
Feb 4 at PHO                                
Feb 3 at SAC                                
Feb 1 at NOP                                
Jan 29 at SAS                                
Jan 27 MIN                                
Jan 25 at CHA                                
Jan 24 LAC 35 21 11 6 1 2 3 8 17 5 7 0 0 1 10 2
Jan 22 at CLE                                
Jan 20 LAL 37 20 19 1 3 5 5 8 15 4 5 0 1 5 14 3
Jan 18 PHI                                
Jan 17 at WAS 36 24 13 6 0 0 0 9 15 6 8 0 0 1 12 0
Jan 15 at ORL 31 24 9 5 0 1 5 10 20 4 5 0 0 3 6 5
Jan 13 WAS                                
Jan 11 CHA                                
Jan 10 at MIL 25 10 8 5 0 0 2 5 15 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Jan 7 PHO 36 15 13 5 0 2 3 5 14 5 7 0 0 4 9 2
Jan 4 ATL                                
Jan 2 BOS                                
Dec 31 TOR 36 25 6 1 0 4 4 9 23 7 10 0 0 4 2 2
Dec 30 at MEM                                
Dec 28 DAL                                
Dec 25 at BKN 29 13 13 3 1 1 1 6 12 1 2 0 0 3 10 1
Dec 21 CLE                                
Dec 19 at OKC                                
Dec 18 at HOU                                
Dec 16 ORL 32 16 10 2 0 0 3 7 9 2 4 0 0 2 8 4
Dec 14 TOR 32 15 7 3 1 4 6 6 18 3 3 0 0 0 7 3
Dec 13 at MIL 23 14 7 3 0 0 1 6 10 2 3 0 0 3 4 2
Dec 11 at NYK                                
Dec 10 MIL 29 19 5 3 0 1 1 6 11 7 8 0 0 2 3 3
Dec 7 DET                                
Dec 5 MIA                                
Dec 2 NOP                                
Nov 30 at CLE                                
Nov 27 at DET 35 21 8 0 0 1 4 9 17 3 4 0 0 1 7 0
Nov 25 at UTA                                
Nov 24 at LAC 35 20 10 1 0 1 0 8 16 4 6 0 0 2 8 3
Nov 22 at POR 39 24 10 3 2 1 2 11 19 2 2 0 0 2 8 5
Nov 21 at DEN                                
Nov 18 CHA                                
Nov 16 IND                                
Nov 15 at TOR 33 10 13 3 0 1 1 4 12 2 2 0 1 1 12 1
Nov 11 CLE                                
Nov 8 UTA 28 9 11 2 0 1 0 3 12 3 4 0 0 4 7 1
Nov 6 at IND                                
Nov 2 at PHI                                
Oct 31 NYK                                
Oct 29 at MIA 24 15 13 4 0 0 5 5 12 4 4 1 2 1 12 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

Pau Gasol: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Gasol, the Lakers, and the Bulls are working out a sign and trade that would deal the forward to Chicago, Marca.com reports.

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Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak indicated Friday that the team would like to bring Gasol back next season. "Absolutely he's a priority," Kupchak said. "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board."

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Gasol (vertigo) will not play in the Lakers' three remaining games this season, the team's official website reports.

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Gasol (vertigo) is listed as "doubtful" for Friday's outing against the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.

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Gasol (head) won't take the floor Friday versus the Warriors, the Lakers' official site reports.

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Gasol (vertigo) is "unlikely" to return this season, ESPN Los Angeles reports.

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Gasol (vertigo) will miss the Lakers' game on Tuesday against the Rockets, the team's official site reports.

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Gasol (vertigo) may be done for the season, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Lakers are strongly considering shutting him down for the remaining seven games as he recovers from severe recurrences of vertigo.

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Gasol (vertigo) will return to Los Angeles on the team plane Wednesday night, the Lakers' official site reports.

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Gasol (vertigo) has had a "severe recurrence of vertigo" and will not play in Wednesday's game in Sacramento, the team's official site reports.

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Gasol will likely be in the lineup again alongside Chris Kaman again Wednesday, L.A. Daily News reports.

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Gasol returned from a four-game absence and scored nine points (4-9 FG, 1-1 FT) to go with four rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two blocks in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Tuesday.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Gasol will get a fresh start on the Bulls after toiling away on a lowly Lakers squad last season. In 60 games, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 31 minutes per game. The veteran forward struggled to fit into coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive system, and the two reportedly clashed as the season wore on. While Gasol still turned in another productive season, a new city and system will likely benefit him, as he enters his 14th year in the NBA. The Spaniard figures to be the perfect complement to the Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, as he provides a strong low-post scoring presence that the Bulls have lacked in recent years. Coach Tom Thibodeau noted that he'll be utilizing Gasol's diverse skill set this season, particularly his passing ability out of the post and his effectiveness as a playmaker at the elbows. The big man's team-first attitude should mesh well with the type of philosophy that the Bulls have been moving toward over the past few seasons. Gasol plays excellent team defense even if he sometimes struggles in one-on-one situations. His minutes will probably take a small hit due to his age and the sheer amount of talent in the Chicago frontcourt, but don't expect Gasol's numbers to fade too drastically. Look for Gasol to have a revitalized season with the most talent he's had around him since his Lakers' championship teams.

2012-13

For the third consecutive season, Gasol posted a double-double with 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, heís gotten better over the years, though all that really matters defensively in fantasy hoops for big men is if they can average more than a block per game. Gasol averages 1.7 per game for his career. He has an impeccable low-post game, but is varied enough to work off another big man, which came in handy whenever Andrew Bynum was healthy. With Bynum healthy all last season, Gasolís numbers didnít drop a bit. All this bodes well for 2012-13 when Gasol will line up next to Dwight Howard. Gasolís rebound rate could drop, but imagine all the open looks heíll get while opponents double-team Howard. Gasol has a good mid-range shot, and is coordinated enough to work against defenders with his face-the-basket arsenal of offensive moves. In addition to the gameís most dominant center in the house, Gasol will get to play with Steve Nash, who made Marcin Gortat a double-double producer.

2011-12

Gasol has been one of the most consistent producers in the NBA for a decade now. The 31-year-old big man once again put together another solid campaign in 2010-11. With averages of 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, Gasol averaged a double-double for the second consecutive season. He remained one of the more efficient options at his position, shooting 53.0 percent from the floor, 82.3 percent from the line while cutting down his turnovers from 2.2 to 1.7 per game. His defense remained solid as well with 1.6 blocks per contest. Most importantly for any player reaching his 30s, Gasol managed to stay injury free and play in all 82 games, marking just the second time in the past five seasons he was able to avoid spending a prolonged stretch on the shelf. Heíll once again be sharing a frontcourt with Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, but that timeshare hasnít stopped Gasol from posting nearly identical numbers throughout his first three and a half seasons with the Lakers. While he doesnít have the upside of some of his younger counterparts, Gasol remains one of the surest bets at power forward to produce at a rate worthy of his early-round cost.

2010-11

Gasol turned in the best season of his career last year, averaging 18.3 points, 3.4 assists, 1.7 blocks and a career-high 11.3 rebounds. Gasol has hit the weight room and gotten stronger over the past couple of years, and as a result, he's improved defensively, and there were times last year, including the postseason, when he looked like the Lakers' best player. Of course, Kobe Bryant retains that title, but the duo has really learned to play well together. As possibly the best passing big man in the league, Gasol is a perfect fit for Los Angeles' triangle offense, and he's also turned himself into a good free throw shooter Ė there really is no weakness to his game. Even at 7-0, 250, his footwork is impeccable, and Gasol can finish with his left hand as well as his right. At age 30, he's still in his prime, and with the team hoping to keep Bryant fresh for the playoffs, Gasol might finally get the increase in shot attempts that he clearly deserves (he averaged just 13.0 field goal attempts last season). Among those who qualify at C in most leagues, Gasol's 3.4 apg led the NBA by a wide margin (next best was 2.3), and if Andrew Bynum continues to have injury problems, watch out Ė during the 15 games Gasol started at center last season, he averaged 22.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 blocks.

2009-10

During his first full season in Los Angeles, Gasol averaged 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, posted solid percentages from the field (56.7) and the charity stripe (78.1) and helped the Lakers take home their first championship since Shaquille OíNeal left town. Those offensive numbers are right in line with Gasolís performance after being traded to Los Angeles during the 2007-08 campaign, but his defensive performance dropped a bit as he blocked only one shot per game last season. The offseason addition of Ron Artest should help the Lakers make a run at back-to-back championships, but the extra mouth to feed could have a negative impact on Gasolís numbers. Artest is known for dominating the ball and occasionally taking errant shots, which could lead to fewer touches for Gasol. Plus, Andrew Bynum, who missed 32 games last season, figures to be healthy when the season tips off, creating a logjam in the Lakersí frontcourt. With Bynum back in tow, though, Gasol can afford to be more aggressive on defense, and his block totals should increase as a result. Gasol is a well-rounded player who will be the Lakersí primary low-post scoring option. His numbers may never jump off the box score like some other early-round picks, but his consistency and versatility will help win fantasy leagues.

2008-09

Gasol was traded from the lowly Grizzlies to the mighty Lakers last season, an excellent career move, but one that doesnít necessarily improve his individual production. Gasol had averaged more than 20 ppg in each of the previous two seasons in Memphis, but playing next to Kobe Bryant heís unlikely to improve upon the 18.8 ppg he averaged in 27 starts with the Lakers last season. Gasol had also improved to a 9.8 rpg in his last year in Memphis, but sharing the front line with rebound magnets like Lamar Odom and eventually Andrew Bynum will likely keep Gasol closer to the 7.8 rpg he averaged after the trade. On the other hand, Gasolís extremely skilled offensive game and excellent passing ability make him an ideal high-post complement to Bynum in the Triangle Offense, and with Bryant drawing opposing defensive attention Gasol has a good chance to continue the career-high shattering 58.9-percent shooting from the field and 3.5 apg-pace he established in LA last season.

2007-08

Gasol missed the first two months of last season with a foot injury sustained while playing for the Spanish national team over the summer. While devastating to the Grizzliesí season, the bum foot did not adversely affect his numbers once he returned. Gasol posted career-best marks in scoring (20.8 ppg), rebounding (9.8 rpg), blocked shots (2.1 bpg) and field goal percentage (53.8) on the season, reflecting his growing strength and increasing presence in the post as his frame fills out to absorb NBA contact. Gasol also dished 3.4 assists per night, very respectable from the center position. This season the Grizzlies will likely put the ball in the hands of rookie point guard Mike Conley Jr. If Conley makes a smooth transition to the NBA game, he could make life a lot easier for Gasol which could lead to even better offensive numbers for the Spaniard moving forward.

2006-07

Before making a decision on Gasol, keep an eye on his recovery from a partial fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his left foot suffered at the FIBA World Championships. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture and, at press time, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported up to a three-month recovery, putting the start of the NBA season in jeopardy. Another note for fantasy owners is that Gasol started five games at center last season, so if thatís the magic number in your league, a healthy Gasolís a top-tier pick at the position. Gasol has a great low-post game, using his quick first step to create scoring opportunities. He can score with his back to hoop or facing it, and is far and away the best offensive player on the Grizzlies. Gasol will be the focus most times down the court, and knows when to shoot and when pass it off (4.6 apg last year, 3.1 career). He also gets to the free-throw line, finishing 11th in the league with 7.7 FTA per game. The Grizzlies brought back Stromile Swift, so he and Jake Tsakalidis could make for a tandem center arrangement, but Memphisí best offensive unit is the one where Gasol lines up in the middle.

2005-06

Gasol was a frustrating player to own last season, missing 23 games with foot problems and being less than himself when he returned, but thereís no denying the Spaniardís talent. Gasol averaged 18 points per game, which is about his career average, but his rebounding average decreased for the third consecutive year, down to 7.3 per game. Part of that has to be chalked up to the injury problems, but Gasol needs to prove something this year if heís to reclaim his place as a top-tier power forward. Gasol is an underrated shot blocker, rejecting nearly two shots per game, and shot the highest free throw percentage of his career in 2004-05, so he did show improvement in some areas. Gasol is still just 25 years old, so he has room to get better and is still a tantalizing bet to take the next step to the rarified 20/10/2 block/50% FG% club presided over by Garnett, Duncan, and Shaq.

2004-05

For the first week of the Athens Olympics, Pau Gasol was a force of nature, an irresistable combination of European basketball savvy and the NBA inside power game, drilled into his head by Hubie Brown. He led Spain to an undefeated record in the preliminaries... and a date with the much-maligned Team USA in the opener of the medal round. He started that game the way he'd played in the preliminaries - like a player ready to move into the pantheon of power forwards, with the Duncans and Garnetts. Then, in the second half, he absolutely disappeared, and Spain went out with a whimper and a lot of finger pointing directed at Larry Brown. There's a lesson in there, somewhere, about Pau Gasol and his future in the NBA. His talent is unquestioned. what he appears to lack is the confidence and the will to take over a game. That apparent lack of killer instinct - combined with Hubie Brown's 10-deep sub patterns which limit his minutes - will continue to keep Gasol out of the top tier of fantasy power forwards.

2003-04

Gasol has become a constant scoring and rebounding threat for the Grizzlies (though many question his toughness). He should be good for 21+ points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a couple blocks per game in 2003.