The NBA is without a doubt the leading and best basketball league in the world. As such it is the career dream of any basketball player all over the world to play in the prestigious league. As the best league in the world, it has a lot of competition, mostly among homegrown talents who are dominant in the sport. Every once in a while, a standout foreign talent makes a name in the league. In 2001, that player was Pau Gasol.
Those who follow the NBA will most undoubtedly know Pau Gasol. He has played for NBA royalty team, Los Angeles Lakers where he cemented his status as one of the best talents in the league and won two NBA championships playing alongside superstars like Kobe Bryant.
There is so much to learn about Pau Gasol and you can learn all about them below.
Biography Of Pau Gasol
One of the important physical requirements to being a basketball player is being taller than the average person but while that is true for most basketball players, it is rare to find them with extremely tall parents too. Pau Gasol differs in this way. His parents Agusti Gasol and mother Marisa are both over 6 feet tall and both played basketball professionally. The Spanish parents of the Bucks player gave birth to him on the 6th of July 1980, in one of Spain’s most popular cities, Barcelona.
He began playing basketball as a boy and by the age of sixteen, for one of Spain’s basketball programs, Barcelona’s junior team. Before he kickstarted a long-standing career in the NBA, he got a taste of the abundance of success that was laid in front of him as a teenager when he won the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.
In his last season in the Spanish Basketball League, Pau Gasol played for the Barcelona senior team and won the Spanish National Cup where he was also named the Most Valuable Player. He entered himself for the NBA Draft in the same year and was selected as the third player in the first round of the 2001 Draft.
Pau Gasol has spent over 18 seasons in the NBA and it all began with the Memphis Grizzlies which signed him after his draft rights were traded to the side by the Atlanta Hawks. The flash of what was to come was evident in Pau Gasol’s debut in the league when he finished the season as the first foreign player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
He continued his excellence for the Grizzlies up until 2008 when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. At the completion of his time with the Grizzlies, he held twelve franchise records in different categories.
His journey with the Lakers lasted between 2008 and 2014 during which he further established himself as a supreme talent. He won two championships while he was with the team and established an era of domination for the franchise. After spending seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, he joined the Chicago Bulls for the 2014-2015 season, spending just two seasons at the team before he moved to San Antonio Spurs and spent three seasons. He joined the Milwaukee Bucks in 2019.
Internationally, Pau Gasol played for the Spanish National Basketball team and has competed three Olympics games. He has won one FIBA World Cup and three EuroBasket competitions.
His incredibly long career and the sheer illustrious nature of it has seen Pau Gasol play over 1200 regular season games, starting at least 1,100 of them. He has played for five different teams starting with the Memphis Grizzlies, LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks.
He has also made the NBA All-Star team six-times in 18 seasons and made it to the playoffs 12 times. He has played a total of 136 playoff games and started 122 of them.
Pau has won several awards including two NBA Championship rings, NBA Rookie of the Year and a couple more. Internationally, he has won the FIBA World Cup once, winning the Most Valuable Player award in the process. He has also won the FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award twice.
His career stats for 33.4 minutes on the court include 17.0 points, 50.7 field goal percentage, 36.8 3 pointers, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.6 blocked shots.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Pau Gasol, alongside his incredible career, is also widely known for his height. He stands at a remarkable 7 feet with a listed weight of 113kg. He is also ambidextrous which further makes him a difficult player to play against, a fact that has been acknowledged by Kobe Bryant.