Memphis Grizzlies’ fans sure know how important #33 is to the team. During his tenure on the injury list this past season, after a grade 2 MCL sprain which saw him miss 23 games, the Grizzlies ended up going 10-13.
After Marc Gasol returned on January 14th against Oklahoma City, he helped guide the Grizzlies to a 33-13 record which helped them secure the 7 seed in the postseason. Before Gasol returned to the starting lineup, the Grizzlies were 12th in the standings.
Gasol was the ranking defensive player of the year from the 2012-2013 season, and earned All-NBA Second Team and Second Team All-Defensive honors last season.
Marc is entering the final year of his contract with Memphis during the 2014-2015 season. The Spaniard is 29 going on 30 in January and won’t be getting any younger. Memphis will need to sign him to a long term contract in order to keep their future bright, but only at the right price.
There’s no doubt that Marc Gasol deserves a lot of the credit for the success the Grizzlies franchise has had in recent years. Without him under the basket, the team would probably be a train wreck fighting for a .500 record.