Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol Sáez (born January 29, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 NBA draft and went on to sign with the Grizzlies where he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013. He is a two-time NBA All-Star. The 7’1″ center is the younger brother of fellow NBA player Pau Gasol.

Gasol was selected with the 48th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft. On February 1, 2008, his draft rights were traded by the Lakers to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a trade package that included his older brother, Pau, who was sent from the Grizzlies to the Lakers. No other instance is known where an NBA player was traded for his brother.

In 2006, Gasol was named to the Spanish national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan as a replacement for NBA-draftee Fran Vazquez. Spain went on to win the gold medal in Japan, as well as at the 2009 FIBA EuroBasket. He also won silver medals at the 2007 FIBA EuroBasket, the 2008 Olympics and the 2012 Olympics.

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Career highlights and awards
2× NBA All-Star (2012, 2015)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
All-NBA First Team (2015)
All-NBA Second Team (2013)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2009)
Spanish League MVP (2008)
Spanish League champion (2004)
Euroscar Player of the Year (2014)

Competitor for Spain Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 Japan National Team
FIBA European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2007 Spain National Team
Gold medal – first place 2009 Poland National Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Lithuania National Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Slovenia National Team

 

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