Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is the greatest player to ever come out of Spain, and is among the top five European players of all-time.

Debuting in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the 7’ 1” Center, becoming the first European to win the Rookie of the Year.  An All-Star for Memphis in 2006, Gasol never had a year where his PPG was lower than 17, his RPG were lower than 7, and his Blocks were lower than 1.5 per Game.  Gasol was low-key one of the more complete players in Basketball, but was not noticed on the national level due to playing in Memphis.  This changed when he was traded to the Lakers during the 2007-08 Season.

Joining Kobe Bryant, Gasol had his perfect dance partner.  Gasol kept his scoring numbers strong, and was able to increase his rebounding stats, posting three straight 10-plus RPG years (2009-10 to 2011-12), earning three straight All-Stars (2008-09 to 2010-12), and most importantly, helped lead the Lakers to Titles in 2009 and 2010.  Gasol was never going to be under the radar again, and Los Angeles treated him like royalty.  Gasol appeared to slip, and he signed with Chicago in 2014, but proved he was far from done.

Gasol went to two more All-Star Games with the Bulls, both of which saw him break the double-digit mark in Rebounds per Game for the fourth and fifth time.  Overall, Gasol was a four-time All-NBA Selection (two Second Team and two Third Team), and he would also play for San Antonio and Milwaukee.

If you are not convinced about Gasol’s Hall of Fame candidacy, don’t forget that Springfield does care about International accomplishments, and Gasol has a treasure chest full of those.   This includes two Olympic Silver Medals, an Olympic Bronze, a World Cup Gold, and three EuroBasket Gold Medals.

If Gasol is not a first ballot Hall of Famer, we would be shocked.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Barcelona, Spain
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-NBA (2011 & 2015)
    Third Team All-NBA (2009 & 2010)
    All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010, 2015 & 2016)
    Rookie of the Year (2002)
    J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2012)
    First Team All-Rookie (2002)
    Highest Offensive Rating (2008-09)
    NBA Championships (2) (Los Angeles Lakers 2009 & 2010) 
    Olympic Silver Medal (Spain 2008 & 2012)
    Olympic Bronze Medal (Spain 2016)
    World Cup of Basketball Gold Medal (2006)
    EuroBasket Gold Medal (2009, 2011 & 2015)
    EuroBasket Silver Medal (2003 & 2007)
    EuroBasket Bronze Medal (2001 & 2017)
    FIBA Europe Player of the Year (2008 & 2009)
    Mister Europa Player of the Year (2004 & 2008)
    Euroscar Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
    FIBA World Championship MVP (2006)
    FIBA EuroBasket MVP (2009 & 2015)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (5) (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15 & 2015-16) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (5) (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15 & 2015-16) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (3) (2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (5) (2002-03, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (4) (2001-02, 2005-06, 2014-15 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (5) (2001-02, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2014-15 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (2001-02, 2002-03 & 2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (2) (2001-02 & 2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (4) (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (2) (2005-06 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Attempts (3) (2002-03, 2003-04 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (2010-11 & 2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (1) (2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (2) (2006-07 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (5) (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Win Shares (2) (2008-09 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (3) (2005-06, 2010-11 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (5) (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finish: Offensive Box Plus/Minus (1) (2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Box Plus/Minus (2) (2015-16 & 2017-18)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rating (3) (2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rating (2) (2014-16 & 2017-18)
    Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebound Percentage (2) (2014-15 & 2017-18)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebound Percentage (3) (2014-15, 2015-16 & 2017-18)
    Top Ten Finishes: Block Percentage (1) (2015-16)

  • Notable All-time Rankings:

    18. Defensive Rebounds: 8,220
    23. Blocks: 1,941
    29. Rebounds: 11,305
    30. Offensive Rebounds: 3,085
    31. Win Shares: 144.1
    32. Offensive Win Shares: 89.9
    33. Minutes Played: 41,001
    38. 2-Point Field Goals: 7,801
    40. Defensive Win Shares: 54.1
    40. Games Played: 1,226
    41. 2-Point Field Goal Attempts: 15,243
    41. Free Throw Attempts: 6,311
    44. Points: 20,894
    46. Box Plus/Minus: 3.6
    47. Free Throws: 4,755
    51. PER: 21.4
    52. Blocks per Game: 1.6
    57. Block Percentage: 3.5
    61. Offensive Box Plus/Minus: 2.8
    77. Defensive Rebound Percentage: 22.2
    91. Rebounds per Game: 9.2
    95. Total Rebound Percentage: 15.5

Should Pau Gasol be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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