After a center’s media propelled ascent to Defensive Player of the Year the second consecutive years and that players eventual omission from the NBA All-Defensive first team, Marc Gasol’s selection to the All-NBA second team can reaffirm his standing as one of the leagues premiere big men.
Gasol finished second to Tim Duncan, which any honest basketball fan can’t help but see as fair, as Duncan experienced an age-defying career revival at 37.
Nevertheless, it’s been an outstanding year for the Gasol, as he received his first career selection as an All-star and for the All-Defensive, All-NBA teams. Gasol averaged 14.1 point on 49 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, a career-high 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and a steal in 80 starts for the Grizz this season.
In the postseason Gasol has averaged 17.5 points on 46 percent shooting, as well as 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.2 blocks and 0.8 steals through 13 games in this year’s playoffs – continuing his career trend of upping his production during the postseason.
The best part though? He’s only 28-years-old and still growing into his game.
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