Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
35-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Raptors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gasol exercised his $25.6 million player option to remain with the Toronto Raptors in 2019-20. It will be the first of his 12 seasons not opening the year with the Grizzlies after he was traded to the Raptors at last February's trade deadline. Though age is beginning to take a toll on his play, Gasol can still be an impactful player on both ends of the court. He averaged 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 26 regular-season games after arriving in Toronto. Gasol added 2.2 combined blocks/steals and 1.3 threes as well, shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from distance. He also started all of Toronto's playoff games en route to the franchise's first championship. It's worth noting that he averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 53 games with Memphis last season, so the former All-NBA selection and Defensive Player of the Year still has a lot to offer. With Kawhi Leonard gone, Gasol should get more opportunities to touch the ball, and he should be a safe fantasy selection as a big who can score, rebound, defend and step out for a three. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $113.21 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2015. Traded to the Raptors in February of 2019. Exercised $25.6 million player option for 2019-20 in June of 2019.
Personal Bio

Marc Gasol Saez was born in 1985 in Barcelona, Spain. As a teenager, he moved with his parents to Germantown, Tennessee, while his older brother Pau played for the Grizzlies. The move led to Marc playing high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School. After his senior season, he was named Mr. Basketball for Division 2 in 2003 by averaging 26 points, 13 boards and six blocks per game. Gasol then returned to Spain to play for FC Barcelona in the Liga ACB. Since 2006, Gasol has been a regular member of the Spanish national team. With Gasol, the Spanish team has won two FIBA World Cup titles and two Olympic silver medals. In 2013, Marc and Pau launched the Gasol Foundation "to reduce childhood obesity rates through the promotion of healthy habits to children and their families." In 2018, Marc Gasol worked with Proactiva Open Arms to rescue migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea. Fans can follow the veteran center on both Twitter and Instagram (@MarcGasol).

College/International Summary

After playing high school ball in Tennessee, Marc Gasol returned to Spain to play for FC Barcelona in Liga ACB and EuroLeague competitions. During his first season, 2003-04, Gasol was a reserve for a Barcelona team that won the Liga ACB. After three modest seasons with FC Barcelona, Gasol signed with Girona in 2006 which led to much more playing time. In his first season with Girona, Gasol averaged 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 22.8 minutes per ACB contest. In 2007-08, Gasol had his breakout season. He started 35 of 37 games for Girona and posted 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just under 34 minutes per game. That production led to Gasol earning the 2008 Liga ACB MVP award.

Considering return to Europe
CToronto Raptors
September 16, 2020
Gasol plans to explore continuing his career in Europe in 2020-21, Eurohoops.net reports.
ANALYSIS
The 35-year-old Gasol is bound for unrestricted free agency this offseason after he wrapped up his obligations to the Raptors following their elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He noticed a steep decline in production since joining Toronto following a trade from Memphis last season, as he wrapped up the 2019-20 campaign with averages of 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. Gasol's prowess on the defense end would still make him an ideal backup center at the NBA level, but the 35-year-old may prioritize playing in his home country of Spain to wrap up his playing days.
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2018

Gasol started 53 games for the Memphis Grizzlies to begin the 2018-2019 campaign. He averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Gasol posted 18 double-doubles as a member of the Grizzlies. He netted a triple-double against Charlotte on Jan. 23 with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. The Spaniard was dealt to the Toronto Raptors near the trade deadline. Gasol played more of a complementary role for the Raptors, though he still started 19 of the 26 contests in which he appeared with Toronto during the regular season. Gasol averaged 30.6 minutes per game in the playoffs, collecting 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest. He scored in double figures in eight playoff games, including three times in the NBA Finals. Gasol's best postseason outing came in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Gasol tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five rejections in a double-overtime victory. With his on-court contributions and veteran leadership, Gasol helped the Raptors to their (and his) first NBA title.

2017

Marc Gasol provided the Grizzlies with a decade's worth of production and that trend continued throughout the course of the 2017-18 campaign, as his 17.2 points per game were the third-highest total of his career. His season got off to a fast start, as the Spaniard big man averaged 25 points over the course of Memphis's first five games, including a 34-point effort in a win over the loaded Warriors on Oct. 21. Less than a month later, Gasol posted a season-high 35 points in a tight loss to Indiana. In addition to his ability to put the ball in the basket, Gasol continued to impact the game in a variety of other areas. His 8.1 rebounds per contest were his most since the 2011-12 season. Gasol finished with at least four assists per game (4.2) for a second straight year, while averaging more than two (2.1) steals-plus-blocks for a ninth consecutive season. Gasol did all this while shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 83.4 percent from the charity stripe. His 1.5 threes per contest were also a career high and demonstrated two straight (and new) seasons of success from behind the arc. Gasol's Grizzlies finished the year at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

2016

Gasol returned to Memphis in 2016-17 and delivered arguably the best statistical season of his career. Gasol posted career per-game averages in points (19.5), assists (4.6), and made three-pointers (1.4). Gasol's shooting from behind the arc was particularly astounding. For the veteran center's first eight NBA seasons, Gasol made 12-of-66 three point attempts. In 2016-17, however, Gasol drained 104 three pointers on 268 attempts, both stats, of course, being dramatic career highs. Gasol had 15 games in which he made three or more shots from behind the arc. On Oct. 30, during a home win over the Wizards, Marc surpassed his brother Pau Gasol (877) as the franchise's all-time leader in blocks. On Dec. 5, the Gasol registered the second triple-double of his career with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during a win at New Orleans. On Jan. 25, Gasol scored a career-high 42 points (and five three-pointers) in a home win over the Raptors. In February, Gasol was named to his third career All-Star Game, during which he came off the bench to deliver a double-double. During a March 16 win at Atlanta, Gasol recorded his third career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Gasol's Grizzlies would finish the year at 43-39 and once again face the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. Gasol averaged 19.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists over six postseason contests versus San Antonio, but despite Gasol's efforts, Memphis would lose in six games to the Spurs.

2015

The 2015-16 season was Marc Gasol's eighth in The Association. The veteran center played in 52 games (all starts) with Memphis and posted averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 blocks over 34 minutes per contest. Gasol shot 82.9 percent at the foul line, which was only his second season in which he shot better than 80.0 percent from the charity stripe (2012-13). On Nov. 20, "Big Spain" recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists during a home win over the Rockets. On Dec. 1, Gasol delivered a career-high 38 points, plus 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, during a road win over the Pelicans."La Tanqueta" was cruising through another highly productive season when on Feb. 8, Gasol was injured during a home game versus the Trail Blazers. Gasol sustained a Grade II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, which resulted in surgery on Feb. 20. The big Spaniard would miss the Grizzlies' last 30 regular-season games as well as all their playoff games. Before the injury, Gasol scored in double figures 45 times, including 13 games with at least 20 points and three games with 30 or more. He also grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five games, while posting nine double-doubles and one triple-double. Without Gasol, Memphis finished the season at 42-40 and lost in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs.

2014

The 2014-15 season was an excellent bounce-back year for Marc Gasol. The veteran big man was slowed by a knee injury for much of last season, but the Spaniard returned to health in 2014 and started 81 of Memphis' regular season games. It was arguably Gasol's best season in The Association, as he delivered a career-high 17.4 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. He and Tony Allen were the heart of Memphis' "Grit N Grind" defense. Gasol opened the season with 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in a win over Minnesota. In February, Gasol was named an All-Star Game starter for the first time in his career (it was his second ASG). Marc, along with his older brother Pau, became the first brothers to start the same NBA All-Star Game and the second siblings to play in the same ASG (Tom and Dick Van Arsdale). Marc Gasol registered 20 double-doubles over the season. On Apr. 14, Gasol scored a career-high 33 points, to go with 13 rebounds and two steals, during a win over the Pacers. Gasol's season totals were very impressive. He was the only NBA player with 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, and 300 assists. The veteran center set career highs in made field goals (530), field goal attempts (1,072), made free throws (350) and free throw attempts (440). Memphis finished at 55-27 and defeated the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. They then lost to Golden State in six games during the second round. Over 11 playoff games, Gasol averaged a double-double of 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds (plus 4.5 assists) per postseason contest. In the offseason, Gasol was selected for the All-NBA First Team, which was another career first.

2013

During the 2013-14 season, Marc Gasol was on his way to delivering another stellar campaign. However, he hurt his knee during a Nov. 22 game versus the Spurs. Gasol was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain that did not require surgery. Nonetheless, the injury forced Gasol to miss 23 games, the longest absence of his six-year NBA career. Gasol returned Jan. 14, but was clearly still slowed down by the injury. He delivered his first post-injury double-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound, four-block effort during a Feb. 21 win over the Clippers. Gasol registered 10 double-doubles during the regular season. On Apr. 11, the veteran center had arguably his best game of the season in a win over the 76ers. In that victory, he delivered 21 points (on 9-of-12 shooting),10 rebounds and two blocks. Memphis finished the regular season at 50-32 with new coach Dave Joerger and Gasol averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. The Grizzlies faced the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs and wound up losing to OKC in seven games. Gasol averaged 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over those seven playoff games, shooting 40.5 percent from the field.

2012

The 2012-13 season was Gasol's fifth season with the Grizzlies. A January trade of Rudy Gay to Toronto left Gasol and Mike Conley as the undisputed leaders of the "Grit N Grind" Grizzlies. Both Conley and Gasol started 80 games for Memphis, averaged over 34 minutes per game and scored over 14 points per game. In February, Gasol was selected for his first All-Star Game. His best game of the season came on Jan. 28, when the Spaniard finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals in 43 minutes during a three-point win at Philadelphia. Memphis finished a franchise-best 56-26 and defeated the Clippers and then the Thunder on its way to the Western Conference Finals. The San Antonio Spurs swept Memphis in the WCF. Over 15 playoff games, Gasol averaged 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per post-season contest. In the offseason, Gasol was selected for the fist time to both the Second Team All-NBA and Second Team All-Defensive squads.

2011

Gasol played in 65 of Memphis' 66 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. Injuries to Zach Randolph forced Gasol to reestablish his presence inside. The 6-foot-11 center increased his per-game numbers across the board in comparison with the previous season. His scoring went from 11.7 to 14.6 points per game, his rebounding increased from 7.0 to 8.9 per contest and his blocked shots went from 1.7 to 1.9 swats per game. He also improved his passing from the elbow, as his per-game dimes reached a mark of 3.1 after dishing out 2.5 per contest in 2010-11. Gasol's 2,370 minutes played ranked sixth in the NBA, his 579 rebounds ranked 14th and his 121 blocks ranked fifth. On Feb. 21, he had arguably his best game of the season with 15 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five blocked shots and one steal during a win over the 76ers. Memphis finished the year at 41-25 and lost in seven games to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Gasol started all seven of those contests and posted averages of 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

2010

The 2010-11 season was the beginning of the "Grit N' Grind" era in Memphis, with Marc Gasol firmly locked in as the team's interior star. With a stacked roster that included Gasol, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, the Grizzlies were ready to celebrate their 10th year in Memphis and return to the playoffs after a five-year absence. Gasol took a step back from scoring (11.7 points per game compared to 14.6 during the previous season) and instead focused on defense. He played in 81 games for Memphis (all starts) and delivered 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. His 136 blocks ranked 11th in the NBA. Memphis did indeed make the playoffs with a 46-36 record and led the NBA in steals. The Grizzlies defeated the top-seeded Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, but lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round. Over Memphis' 13 playoff games, Gasol averaged 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game, scoring in double digits in all but two games during the team's postseason run.

2009

After playing monster minutes as a rookie, Marc Gasol took on an even larger role for Memphis in 2009-10. Gasol's playing time increased from 30.7 minutes per game last season to 35.8 per contest in 2009-10. The Spaniard started all 69 games in which he played and his rebounding increased from 7.4 to 9.3 per game. The 6-foot-11 center also increased his shooting percentage to 58.1 percent, which led to 14.6 points per contest. Gasol was cruising through the season with 28 total double-doubles, but hit a road bump in mid-March. A neck injury forced Gasol to miss 13 of the Grizzlies' last 15 games, but it was still a step up from his rookie year that set the stage for several productive seasons to come.

2008

Drafted by the Lakers in the second round (48th overall) in 2007, Gasol remained overseas for an extra year, playing pro ball with Girona of the Spanish Liga ACB. In the meantime, his NBA playing rights were traded to the Grizzlies as part of a deal for his older brother, Pau. The 2008-09 season was thus Marc's NBA rookie campaign, and he stepped right into a major role for Memphis, appearing in all 82 games (75 starts) and averaging 31 minutes per game. Gasol double-doubled in his NBA debut Oct. 29 against the Rockets, gathering 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. In his fourth NBA game, Nov. 3 against the Warriors, he exploded for 27 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and a steal. On Mar. 7, Gasol recorded a career-high 30 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks against the 76ers. He finished the season with 17 double-doubles and per game averages of 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Gasol also posted a 53.0 field-goal percentage, good for the franchise rookie record. Those stats got the 24-year-old Spaniard named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (48th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
  • February 1, 2008
    Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, a 2008 1st round draft pick (Donté Greene was later selected) and a 2010 1st round draft pick (Greivis Vásquez was later selected) to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a 2010 2nd round draft pick (Devin Ebanks was later selected).
  • July 13, 2015
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors for C.J. Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and a 2024 2nd round draft pick.
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Gasol was the proverbial last man standing after Mike Conley's heel injury early last season, putting in a valiant effort over 73 games. The 33-year-old averaged 17.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 blocks, although he did shoot a career-low 42.0 percent, with the fact he was often double-teamed and outmanned on a thin Grizzlies squad likely playing a significant part in his struggles. Another factor was certainly Gasol's uptick in long-distance shooting, as he averaged a career-high 4.4 three-point attempts per contest. The veteran's assist and free-throw metrics also continued trending in the right direction, as Gasol turned in the second-highest success rate of his career from the charity stripe (83.4 percent) and second-most dimes (4.2). While fourth overall pick Jaren Jackson is certainly capable of spelling Gasol at center, the rookie is projected to have his biggest impact at power forward. Therefore, barring injury, Gasol should once again average the 33-34 minutes he's tallied over the last five seasons.
Gasol, at age 32, redefined his game last season. After shooting a combined 12-for-66 on three pointers for his career, the big man went 104-for-268 (38.8 percent) from long range last season en route to a career-high 19.5 points per game. He also became a larger part of running the offense, dishing a career-high 4.6 assists across 34.2 minutes per game. While he countered that with a career-low 6.3 boards per game, Gasol had a great year by all intents and purposes, earning the third All-Star nod of his nine-year career. The 7-foot-1 veteran also managed to post two triple-doubles, most notably dropping 28 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks against the Pelicans in a double-overtime thriller. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 campaign, the Grizzlies lost veteran big man Zach Randolph to the Kings over the summer, creating somewhat of a void in the frontcourt. Randolph played a high-usage sixth-man role off the pine for Memphis – a role that seemingly no one else in the team’s frontcourt can emulate, except Gasol. While Gasol is far from a sixth-man, Memphis may be more reliant on his talents than ever in the frontcourt during this upcoming season. As a result, all signs point to Gasol having another high-impact campaign, and it would be shocking if he didn’t produce relatively as well as last season.
Gasol was on his way to another strong all-around season in 2015-16 before a fractured foot kept him out of the Grizzlies’ final 30 games. Prior to the injury, Gasol posted averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, joining Kevin Durant, Paul Millsap, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins as the only players in the league to average at least 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one block. Gasol regressed slightly as a shooter, converting 46.4 percent of his field goals, nearly four points below his career percentage (50.3%). History suggests that figure will move closer to 50 percent next season, but Gasol’s proficiency at the charity stripe (82.9% last season) helps to mitigate any sustained drop in field-goal efficiency. Perhaps the NBA’s best all-around center, Gasol is expected back at full strength to begin the season. If he’s able to stay healthy, he’s worth a look in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. However, he may come at a bit of a discount, given the rather dubious history of big men over 30 returning from foot injuries.
Gasol is coming off his most statistically dominant season in the NBA, with regular season averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 33 minutes per game. He slimmed down considerably during the 2014 offseason, missing only one game in 2014-15 while shooting 49 percent from the field, 18 percent from downtown, and 80 percent from the charity stripe. Gasol was more aggressive than ever in terms of looking to score, but he was still extremely efficient, scoring his 17.4 points on 13.2 field goal attempts per game. His field goal percentage sunk south of 40 percent during 11 playoff games versus the Blazers and Warriors. However, he also got to the free-throw line eight times per game in the postseason while converting at an 85 percent clip. An excellent all-around contributor, the 30-year-old Spaniard earned All-NBA First Team honors in 2014-15, and he can likely be counted on to produce adequate numbers in every category except three-pointers.
Gasol is entering his seventh NBA season. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 33 minutes per game through 59 games. He shot 47 percent from the field on 12.1 attempts per game and 77 percent from the free-throw line on 4.1 attempts per game. Gasol missed time early in the year due to injury (knee) but came back with a vengeance, helping lead the Grizzlies to the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference. In seven playoff games versus the Thunder, he posted 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 43 minutes per game. He shot 41 percent from the field on 16.6 attempts per game and 79 percent from the charity stripe on 4.9 attempts per game.
Once considered nothing more than scraps in the deal that sent his brother Pau to Los Angeles, Marc is now the Gasol brother to target in fantasy. He put together arguably his best season as a pro in 2012-13, cementing himself as one of the better true centers in the league while also taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors. Gasol finished last season with averages of 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 steal – numbers that are all in line with his career per-36 numbers. But it was his improvements at the charity stripe (85 percent) and playmaking (4.0 assists per game) which elevated his overall fantasy game to top-tier levels. Consistency is the key with Gasol – he's been healthy for most of his career while posting similar per-minute production since entering the league – but he has flashed upside for more stat-stuffing if the Grizzlies ever opt to lean on him even more heavily. While he may not have some of the eye-popping double-double numbers you'll see from flashier big men, Gasol's across-the-board production and consistency is extremely valuable in fantasy and makes him one of the safer picks at the pivot position.
After signing a lucrative five-year, $58-million deal prior to the 2011-12 season, Gasol proved to the Grizzlies he was worth the investment by putting together one of his best campaigns as a pro. The big (7-1, 270) bruising center tied a career-high scoring mark by averaging 14.6 points per game. He also continued to work hard on the glass, pulling down 8.9 boards per contest. His shooting percentage dipped below 50 percent for the first time in his career, but Gasol still managed to shoot an effective 74.8 percent from the free-throw line. On the defensive side of the ball, Gasol was better than ever, posting averages of 1.9 blocks and 1.0 steals. The sneakiest part of his value comes from his passing skills, as Gasol dished out 3.1 assists per game last season, which led all centers. The only knock against Gasol’s stellar season is that much of the production came with Zach Randolph, who missed 38 of 66 games, on the shelf. But even with Randolph healthy and starting along side him in the playoffs, Gasol still managed to average 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 blocks. At 27, Gasol is in the prime of his career and should continue to blossom as the Grizzlies’ starting center.
After living in his brother Pau’s shadow for years, the other Gasol brother is doing quite well for himself these days. The Grizzlies big man (7-1, 265) finished his third season with averages of 11.7 rebounds, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 blocks. While his overall production was slightly down from his breakout 2009-10 campaign, that can be attributed to a slight drop in minutes due to a surprisingly deep Grizzlies’ front court, rather than a diminishing skill set. In fact, once the Grizzlies’ rotation was shortened for the playoffs, Gasol posted averages of 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks. With Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph as the go-to scorers for the Grizzlies, Gasol is, at best, the Grizzlies’ third offensive option, so no one should expect a significant boost in scoring for the 26-year-old anytime soon. But even if Gasol doesn’t ever develop into the same type of offensive talent as his brother, he’ll still hold plenty of fantasy value with his steady all-around production. Gasol will be a restricted free agent once the NBA’s labor situation is settled, but all signs point to him returning to Memphis.
Most talk about the Lakers' trade for Pau Gasol as one of the worst in history. While there's no doubt the elder Gasol is one of the 15 best players in the league and has been a major reason why L.A. has won the past two championships, there have been far more lopsided trades in sports, as Marc has quickly turned into a highly valuable commodity in his own right.. He averaged 14.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting 58.1% from the floor last season during just his second year in the states. His 67.0 percent free-throw shooting wasn't great, but he made 73.3 percent from the line his rookie season, so a bounce back there is plausible. Gasol was the only player in the NBA other than Gerald Wallace to average double-digits in points, more than nine rebounds and both a steal and block per game – pretty impressive stuff from the center position. And he's young enough that he should only get better. He missed 13 of the final 15 games last year with a partially torn neck muscle, but that shouldn't be a problem entering 2010-11, as he was already participating in the world championships for Spain in August. Just because the Grizzlies drafted Hasheem Thabeet with the No. 2 pick last year doesn't mean they should have. Thabeet is in no way a threat to steal Gasol's playing time. Gasol has the upside to finish as a top-five fantasy center.
Gasol surpassed the expectations of most NBA prognosticators in his rookie season. Scouting reports tagged Gasol as a shell of his brother Pau, but he came out and proved that he can be a productive center in the NBA. His per game averages and shooting percentages are similar to those of other mid-tier centers like Nene and Al Horford. Gasol doesn’t provide exceptional value in any single category, but he also doesn’t have any glaring deficiencies in his game. His block averages are respectable at 1.1 per game, and he may see a slight rise in offensive rebounds in his second year as defenses focus more heavily on his front court partner, Zach Randolph. One cause for concern that could affect Gasol’s floor time and production is the presence of rookie center Hasheem Thabeet. Thabeet has a raw offensive game, but he displayed game-changing defense at the college level and seems like a perfect fit to pair on the frontline with the defensively challenged Randolph. Such a development could push Gasol to the bench and make him the team’s sixth man. While many players have learned to thrive as a team’s sixth man, Gasol’s averages were affected in games where he entered as a sub last season, and a move to the bench could have a negative impact on his fantasy value.
He was drafted by the Lakers in the 2007 draft, but elected to stay in Europe for a season. Perhaps that was for the better, as he was MVP of the Spanish ACB league, averaging 16.1 points on a 62 percent clip while also grabbing 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He was traded from L.A. to Memphis in a February trade, signed by the Grizzlies in July and should be the No. 2 center entering the season. He is still a bit raw, but is an excellent low-post option. He's also a bit slow, so he might be pulled off the court when the team goes up-tempo and may be a liability on defense.
Gasol will spend the year playing in Spain, and will therefore hold no fantasy value for 2007-2008.
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Gasol was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3PT) in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Nets.
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Quiet in win over Heat
CToronto Raptors
August 3, 2020
Gasol tallied six points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds in Monday's win over Miami.
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Starting against Lakers
CToronto Raptors
August 1, 2020
Gasol is in the starting lineup Saturday versus the Lakers, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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'Looks good' for resumed season
CToronto Raptors
June 11, 2020
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Tuesday that Gasol (hamstring) has trimmed weight during the NBA's shutdown and "looks good" for when the season resumes July 31, Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press reports.
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Sitting out second of back-to-back
CToronto Raptors
Hamstring
March 9, 2020
Gasol (hamstring) will not play Monday in Utah.
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