Marc Gasol is probably the best center in the NBA right now.
He is slightly better than Dwight Howard and the emerging DeMarcus Cousins.
It’s reflecting on their team’s 12-2 record.
No wonder he is the possible top dog in the NBA 2015 Free Agency Rumors.
The younger Gasol is rumored to be a target of teams like the New York Knicks and even the San Antonio Spurs if and when Tim Duncan retires.
It’s a real thing because San Antonio’s front office actually took the risk of not signing NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to an extension just to have the cap room that will make them eligible to offer Marc Gasol a max/near max deal.
Is Marc Gasol worth the risk? We know he’s a good defensive player as he won the Defensive Player of the Year award, but what about his offense? Worry no more because this season, Gasol is making his mark on the other end of the court.
ESPN covered his latest game: “Marc Gasol’s dominance is making one of the NBA’s best frontcourts even better.
Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
It marked the second straight game Gasol has recorded at least 30 points.
The victory left Memphis with the league’s best record (12-2) behind a more aggressive Gasol, who is complementing his jumper with moves to the basket this season.” Now, his teammates are also recognizing the progress he has made.
Point guard Mike Conley admits they are encouraging their big guy to shoot some more: “There was no doubt in my mind that Marc would be aggressive.
Once you see the 12-2 start, we’re going to tell him to go get 30 every night.” Now that Gasol has an all-around game, he should be a max player.
Most centers are overpaid based on height alone but Gasol has already made his mark on both defense and offense.
There are also no attitude problems for the Spanish center and while he has had injuries, there are no ‘glass knees’ on him (like Greg Oden or Andrew Bynum).