Marc Gasol

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Basketball player
Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
Player information
Full name Marc Gasol Sáez
birthday 29th January 1985 (age 35)
place of birth Barcelona , Spain
size 213 cm
Weight 116 kg
position center
High school Lausanne Collegiate School ( Memphis )
NBA draft 2007 , 48th Pick , Los Angeles Lakers
Club information
society CanadaCanada Toronto Raptors
league NBA
Jersey number 33
Clubs as active
2003–2006 FC Barcelona 2006–2008 Akasvayu Girona 2008–2019 Memphis Grizzlies Since 2019 Toronto RaptorsSpainSpain
United StatesUnited States
National team 1
Since 02006SpainSpain Spain 118 games
1 As of August 12, 2012

Marc Gasol Sáez (born January 29, 1985 in Barcelona ) is a Spanish basketball player who has been active in the North American professional league NBA since 2008 . With a size of 2.13 meters it is used in the position of the center .

During his time with the Memphis Grizzlies , Gasol was named three NBA All-Star and one NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner . He has been playing for the Toronto Raptors since 2019 , with whom he won the NBA title in the 2018/19 season .

He is the brother of Pau Gasol , who is also active in the NBA.


Gasol during his time at Girona

The 2.13 meter tall center began its career in the youth of FC Barcelona . In the summer of 2001 he moved to the United States with his brother Pau Gasol , who moved to the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies . There he played in the basketball team of the Lausanne Collegiate School until he graduated from high school in 2003 , before moving back to his homeland, where he played again for the FC Barcelona youth team. In October 2003 he already made his debut in the first squad, where he was only used sporadically that season and mostly played for the second team. In the summer of 2004 he was finally accepted into the professional team and played two seasons in a row with the Catalans.

Due to his short playing time, he only managed 10 minutes per game in 2005/06, Marc Gasol moved to CB Girona in the summer of 2006 . There he quickly developed into a major player and won the FIBA EuroCup in his first year .

On June 28, 2007, he was selected in the NBA Draft in 48th place by the Los Angeles Lakers . Because of his high transfer fee, he stayed in Europe for the time being. On February 2, 2008, the draft rights to him were given in a large trade to the Memphis Grizzlies. This trade is interesting in that, in return, Marc's brother Pau Gasol was sent to LA by the Grizzlies. The 2007/08 season should be Marc Gasol's sporting breakthrough, he finished the season with an average of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and was named MVP of the Spanish league.


In the summer of 2008 he moved to the Memphis Grizzlies , where he reached an average of 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game with an average playing time of 30.7 minutes as a rookie . In February 2009 he was allowed to take part in the Rookie Challenge as one of the best debutants of the season and was elected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of the season . In the 2009/10 season Gasol established himself in the starting five of the Grizzlies and increased his statistics to 14.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 blocks. As a sophomore , he also took part in the Rookie Challenge again. In the 2010/11 season , the Grizzlies reached the playoffs for the first time in five years, in particular the Spaniard showed strong performances and led his team after a 4-2 first round win against the best team in the Western Conference , the San Antonio Spurs , into Conference semifinals, where they lost 3: 4 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a gripping duel .

Because of his strong first half of the 2011/12 season , Marc Gasol was elected to the Western Conference All-Star Team by the league's 30 head coaches . His team reached the play-offs again, but failed there in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers .

Gasol in the jersey of the Memphis Grizzlies

After completing the 2012/13 regular season , Marc Gasol was the first European in history to be voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year . In January 2015 it was announced that Gasol will be invited to the All-Star-Game for the second time and will start for the first time for the western selection. His brother Pau, on the other hand, was nominated as a starter for the East selection. This is the first time in NBA history that a brother and sister face each other in the All-Star Game. Gasol had his best season with 17.4 points per game. The 2015-16 season was less fortunate. After 66 games, Gasol broke his right foot and was out for the remainder of the season.

After more than ten years with the Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol was transferred to the Toronto Raptors in February 2019 for Jonas Valanciunas , CJ Miles and Delon Wright . There he won his first championship. He and Pau are the only case in which two brothers have each won the NBA championship.

National team

Marc Gasol medal table

Basketball (men)

SpainSpain Spain
Olympic games
silver 2008 Beijing Spain
silver 2012 London Spain
World Championship
gold 2006 Japan Spain
gold 2019 China Spain
European Championship
silver 2007 Spain Spain
gold 2009 Poland Spain
gold 2011 Lithuania Spain
bronze 2013 Slovenia Spain
bronze 2017 Turkey Spain

Marc Gasol celebrated his first successes with the national team as a junior. At the U-16 European Championship in 2001, he won the bronze medal with Spain. Although he was also part of the squad for the U-18 European Championship in 2002 and the U-20 European Championships in 2004 and 2005, he did not reach another podium.

Marc Gasol was nominated for the first time for the national team during the preparation phase for the basketball world championship 2006 and finally won the gold medal there with Spain. A year later, at the 2007 European Basketball Championship in his own country, he won the silver medal. He took part in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 with the Spanish national team, whose final they lost to the USA 107: 118. At the European Championships in Poland in 2009 he won the gold medal with his country, as well as in Lithuania in 2011 .

social commitment

In his free time Marc Gasol is involved in the human rights organization Proactiva Open Arms , with whose founder Òscar Camps he is friends.



National team


Web links

Commons : Marc Gasol  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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  3. Marc Gasol is Defensive Player of the Year. In: . April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013 .
  4. All-Star Starter Released
  5. Marc Gasol Injury Update
  6. Raptors Acquire Gasol From Grizzlies
  7. Drowned people off Libya's coast: "I feel anger and helplessness" . In: Spiegel Online . July 18, 2018 ( [accessed July 18, 2018]).