Pau Gasol

#16 C / San Antonio Spurs / EXP: 16YRS Height: 7-0 Weight: 250 lb Age: 37 College: No College

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Pau Gasol joined the Spurs on a two-year, $31.7 million contract prior to the 2016-17 season as one of the league's top prized free agents, but ended up moving in and out of the top unit, with 39 starts across 64 games. As expected with the move to a more talented roster, Gasol saw his points per game fall from 16.5 to 12.4, while his production across the board dropped with averages of 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks. The biggest reasoning for such a decline was his career-low 25.4 minutes per game, which is likely a result of coach Gregg Popovich's rotation, as he prefers to keep his veterans well rested throughout the season. While Gasol opted out of the second year of that previous contract this past offseason, he ended up re-signing with the Spurs on a three-year, $48 million contract, which still allowed the Spurs to add another impressive player in Rudy Gay during free agency. Gay shouldn't have a huge impact on Gasol's workload and the Spurs opted to let Dewayne Dedmon go in free agency, so there's going to be plenty of opportunities for Gasol to start or play a relatively large role at center. However, considering he's now 37 years old and still plays for coach Popovich, it wouldn't be surprising if his playing time ultimately remained relatively the same or falls a bit in order to keep Gasol as fresh as possible for another deep playoff run. For that reason, another slight downtick in his overall production could be forthcoming.

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  • Spurs' Pau Gasol: Grabs eight boards in win
    By RotoWire Staff

    Gasol recorded 14 points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots across 30 minutes in Friday's 104-101 win over the Thunder. Gasol season has been a series of up-and-down games, but averaging out the games shows a slow rise in all major statistical categories. His usage of only 25 minutes per game could use some improvement, but Gasol has double-double potential in every game and is worth consideration as a second center on most seasonal rosters.

  • Spurs' Pau Gasol: Efficient in Tuesday's win
    By RotoWire Staff

    Gasol registered 19 points (8-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, and six assists in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 120-107 win over the Clippers. Gasol continues to be a consistent and well-rounded contributor, and he was extremely efficient while matching his career high in made threes. With Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) still likely at least a few weeks away from returning to the lineup, Gasol figures to keep producing at a high level. His ability to shoot the three is helping him remain relevant as he ages, and after making a career-best 56 treys (on 53.8 percent) last year, the 37-year-old Spaniard has already made eight-of-20 three-point attempts (40 percent) through 11 games in 2017-18.

  • Spurs' Pau Gasol: Blocks five shots in loss
    By RotoWire Staff

    Gasol registered 17 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks across 30 minutes in Sunday's 97-94 loss to Indiana. Gasol put up a nice line on Sunday, but could not stop the Spurs from suffering their second consecutive loss. He has had a quietly solid start to the season, with averages of 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game. These numbers will not win anyone a league, but will help you if you are in need of big-man stats with little risk.

  • Gasol collected 13 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 117-100 victory over the Heat. Gasol played a season-low 19 minutes Wednesday, but turned that into a season-high point total. The aged veteran Gasol has been limited to just about 20 minutes per game this season, making it hard to predict more nights like Wednesday's in the coming games.

  • Gasol contributed one point (0-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 22 minutes during a 101-97 win over the Raptors on Monday. Gasol managed a single point as he missed on all his field goal attempts in the victory, but he was still productive in other areas. His scoring abilities look to be suffering in a big way early in the season, as he is averaging just 6.0 points per game on 27.3 percent shooting. But he is still finding a way to help out the team, as he has had seven boards and four dimes in each of the team's first three games.

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