Why Marc Gasol IS Better Than Pau
I hear this statement all of the time and it frankly upsets me. Pau is so much better than Marc. Obviously, I am referring to the brothers Gasol: Pau is on the Lakers, Marc is on the Grizzlies. Adria, the youngest brother, plays for UCLA, but trust me, his future is not bright. If a team full of unathletic Jewish kids at the JCC can beat a team with a college basketball player, he is not a budding star. But that is beside the point. Any fan from outside 901 area code assumes that Pau is only more skilled, but far better in nearly every aspect of the game. These people would be wrong for a multitude of reasons.
1. Marc is a much better passer than Pau. Though Pau has more career assists, it is a little bit easier to have an assist when you pass the ball to one of the greatest players in the game. Watch the Grizzlies play, and you will see the way Marc distributes the ball, often achieving more assists than the Grizzlies Point Guard Mike Conley.
2. Marc is a force. Pau has always been soft and everyone knows it. Marc consistently battles in the post with the largest and most brutal big men in the league. And not only that, he contains them. Marc controls the paint unlike his brother, both offensively and defensively.
3. Pau is a four-time all-star on the downward slope of his career; Marc is just getting started. It took Pau five years in the league to get his first selection to the all-star game. Marc was selected to the all-star game last year, in his 3rd season in the league. To say Marc Gasol is not the 2nd best Center (Dwight Howard) in the Western Conference is ridiculous, whereas Pau might not even be in the top five Power Forwards in Western Conference (Dirk, Griffin, Love, Randolph, Duncan). He’s better than Randolph and Duncan, you say? Pau has put up 14.3PPG and grabbed 9.9 RPG, but Zach Randolph’s numbers are 16.2 PPG and 14.5 RPG and Duncan’s are 18.9 PPG and 9.7 RPG. Please, re-assess.
4. Pau put up great numbers when he played for the Grizzlies, setting the Franchise record in points, blocks, and rebounds. He did this on teams where Jason Williams and Shane Battier were the stars. Marc Gasol could very easily be considered the 3rd best player on his team. It is easy to score 20 points a game when the offense is run through you, but not quite as easy when Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are the primary and secondary scoring options.
So, in summation, Pau is the inferior Gasol and there is no denying it. By the end of his career, Marc will have exceeded Pau in every measurable category, thus asserting his dominance as the ringleader of the Gasol clan, that is, if he can hold off Adria.