Marc Gasol Sáez born January 29, 1985 is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 Vázquez. 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. 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 All-NBA Team member and a three-time NBA All-Star.
Gasol has been a regular member of the Spanish national basketball team since 2006. He has won two Olympic silver medals, a FIBA World Cup title, two EuroBasket titles, a EuroBasket silver medal and EuroBasket bronze medal. The 7’1″ center is the younger brother of fellow NBA player Pau Gasol.
On October 30, 2016, Gasol scored 20 points and hit a career-high four three-pointers in a 112–103 overtime win over the Washington Wizards. On November 16, he scored 26 points and made four three-pointers in a 111–107 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Over the first 11 games of the season, he made 16 three-pointers; he hit just 12 in his first eight seasons. On November 26, he scored a season-high 28 points in a 110–107 win over the Miami Heat. On December 5, he recorded his second career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 110–108 double overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On December 8, he set a new season high with 36 points in an 88–86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On December 21, he went 14-of-17 from the field and matched a career high with 38 points in a 98–86 win over the Detroit Pistons. On January 25, 2017, he set a new career high with 42 points in a 101–99 win over the Toronto Raptors. On March 16, 2017, he recorded his third career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 103–91 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA All-Star (2012, 2015, 2017)
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)
Liga ACB champion (2004)
Euroscar Player of the Year (2014)
Representing 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
Gold medal – first place 2009 Poland National Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Lithuania National Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Spain National Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Slovenia National Team