Thursday, June 5, 2008
Pau Gasol (born July 6, 1980 in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gasol was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2001 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He currently holds the Memphis Grizzlies franchise records for career games played, minutes played, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers, and points. On February 1, 2008, Gasol was traded to the Lakers.
Gasol is currently in his seventh year in the NBA. He is a solid scorer from both inside and midrange. He is also an above-average shotblocker, with a career average of 1.8 blocks per game. In Gasol's first season, he was Rookie of the Year, and named to the All-Rookie first team.
In the Lakers first win in the 2008 NBA playoffs over the Denver Nuggets, Gasol contributed 36 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks. This has been Gasol's first trip beyond the first round as his team, the Lakers, made it to the Conference finals after defeating the Utah Jazz. Gasol scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Lakers win advancing them to the conference finals. On May 31, he recorded a career high 19 rebounds in a NBA Finals clinching win against the San Antonio Spurs. This marks Gasol's first trip to the NBA Finals.