Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol
Paul Gasol high five with Stryde at the end of the Chicago Bulls game (cropped).jpg
Gasol with the Bulls in 2015
No. 16 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1980-07-06) July 6, 1980 (age 37)
Barcelona, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1998–present
Career history
1998–2001FC Barcelona
20012008Memphis Grizzlies
20082014Los Angeles Lakers
20142016Chicago Bulls
2016–presentSan Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔɫ], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star, and a four-time All-NBA selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team. He has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, one of only three non-American NBA players to win that award. He is the older brother of fellow NBA player Marc Gasol.

Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to Memphis. He currently holds the Grizzlies' franchise record for free throws made and attempted.[1] Alongside the seven seasons with the team, Gasol has played for the Los Angeles Lakers (from 2008), the Chicago Bulls (from 2014), and the San Antonio Spurs (from 2016). Internationally, Gasol has won two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic bronze medal, a FIBA World Cup title and three EuroBasket titles with the Spanish national basketball team.

Early career

Pau Gasol was born in Barcelona. His parents both played basketball in organized leagues. His father, Agusti, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), and his mother, Marisa, was 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m).[2] Gasol began playing basketball as a center with his school team, Llor, and he eventually signed with Cornellà.[3] When he was sixteen, he began playing for Barcelona's junior team.[3] He also won both the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.[4] After moving to the senior team of Barcelona, Gasol played just 25 total minutes in the Spanish ACB League's 1998–99 season, and averaged 13.7 minutes per game in the ACB the next year.[5] However, in his final season in the ACB, Gasol averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game.[5] Barcelona was victorious in the Spanish National Cup finals championship game in 2001, and Gasol was named Most Valuable Player.[4] After entering the NBA draft, Gasol was selected third overall in the first round in the 2001 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks,[6] who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.[7]

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