Marc Gasol was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft. But he choose to play one more season overseas, with Girona of the Spanish Liga ACB. While in Spain, Marc Gasol's NBA playing rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a complicated package that sent Marc's brother Pau to Los Angeles. The 2008-09 season was Marc's NBA rookie season. The 24-year-old almost instantly played a major role for Memphis, as he appeared in all 82 games (75 starts) and averaged 31 minutes per game. He made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 28, and posted a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks during a loss at Houston. On Mar. 7, Gasol recorded a career-high 30 points,13 rebounds and three blocks during a loss to the 76ers. He finished the season with 17 double-doubles and per game averages of 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team.2009
After playing monster minutes as a rookie, Marc Gasol took on an even larger role for Memphis in 2009-10. Gasol's minutes per game increased from 31 per game last season to 36 per contest in 2009-10. The Spaniard started all 69 games in which he played and his rebounding increased from 7.4 to 9.3 per game. The big center also increased his shot percentage to 58.1 percent which led to 14.6 points per contest. Gasol was cruising through the season with 28 total double-doubles, but hit a road bump in mid-March. A neck injury forced Gasol to miss 13 of the Grizzlies' last 15 games. Memphis finished at 40-42 and missed the playoffs.2010
The 2010-11 season was the beginning of the "Grit N Grind" era in Memphis, with Marc Gasol firmly locked in as the team's interior star. With a stacked roster that included Gasol, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, the Grizzlies were ready to celebrate their 10th year in Memphis and return to the playoffs after a five year absence. Gasol took a step back from scoring (11.7 points per game), and focused on defense. He played in 81 games for Memphis (all starts) and delivered 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. His 136 blocks ranked 11th in the NBA. Memphis did indeed make the playoffs with a 46-36 record and led the NBA in steals. They defeated the top-seeded Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, but lost in seven games to OKC in the second round. Over Memphis' 13 playoff games, Gasol averaged 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.2011
Marc Gasol played in 65 of Memphis' 66 games during the Lockout shortened 2011-12 season. Injuries to Zach Randolph forced Gasol to reestablish his presence inside. "Big Spain" increased his per game numbers across the board versus the last season. His scoring went from 11.7 to 14.6 points per game, his rebounding increased from 7.0 to 8.9 per contest and his blocked shots went from 1.7 to 1.9 swats per game. He also improved his passing from the elbow, as his per game dimes reached 3.1 assists per game. Gasol's 2,370 minutes played ranked sixth in the NBA, his 579 rebounds ranked 14th and his 121 blocks ranked fifth. On Feb. 21, he had arguably his best game of the season with 15 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five blocked shots and one steal during a win over the 76ers. Memphis finished the year at 41-25 and lost in seven games to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.2012
The 2012-13 season was Marc Gasol's fifth season with the Grizzlies. A January trade of Rudy Gay to Toronto left Gasol and Mike Conley as the undisputed leaders of the "Grit N Grind" Grizzlies. Both Conley and Gasol started 80 games for Memphis, averaged over 34 minutes per game and scored over 14 points per game. In February, Gasol was selected for his first All-Star Game. Memphis finished a franchise-best 56-26 and defeated the Clippers and then the Thunder on their way to the Western Conference Finals. The San Antonio Spurs swept Memphis in the WCF. Over 15 playoff games, Gasol averaged 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per post-season contest. In the off-season, Gasol was selected for the fist time to both the Second Team All-NBA and Second Team All-Defensive squads.2013
During the 2013-14 season, Marc Gasol was on his way to delivering another stellar campaign until he hurt his knee during a Nov. 22 game versus the Spurs. Gasol was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain that did not require surgery. But the injury forced Gasol to miss 23 games, the longest absence of his six year NBA career. The "Big Burrito" returned on Jan. 14, but was clearly still slowed down by the injury. He delivered his first post-injury double-double with a 17-point, 10-rebound, 4-block effort during a Feb. 21 win over the Clippers. Gasol registered 10 double-doubles during the regular season. On Apr. 11, the veteran center had arguably his best game of the season in a win over the 76ers. In that win, he delivered 21 points (on 9-of-12 shooting),10 rebounds and two blocks. Memphis finished the regular season at 50-32 with new coach Dave Joerger. The Grizzlies faced the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs and wound up losing to OKC in seven games. Gasol averaged 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over those seven playoff games, but shot 40.5 percent from the field.2014
The 2014-15 season was an excellent bounce back year for Marc Gasol. The veteran big man was slowed by a knee injury for much of last season. But the Spaniard returned healthy in 2014 and started 81 of Memphis' regular season games. It was arguably Gasol's best season in the Association. Gasol delivered a career-high 17.4 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. And he and Tony Allen were the heart of Memphis' "Grit N Grind" defense. Gasol opened the season with 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in a win over Minnesota. In February, Gasol was named an All-Star Game starter for the first time in his career (it was his second ASG). Marc, along with his older brother Pau, became the first brothers to start the same NBA All-Star Game and the second siblings to play in the same ASG (Tom and Dick Van Arsdale). Marc Gasol registered 20 double-doubles over the season. On Apr. 14, Gasol scored a career-high 33 points, to go with 13 rebounds and two steals, during a win over the Pacers. Gasol's season totals were very impressive. He was the only NBA player with 1,300 points, 600 rebounds, and 300 assists. The veteran center set career highs in made field goals (530), field goal attempts (1,072), made free throws (350) and free throw attempts (440). Memphis finished at 55-27 and defeated the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. They then lost to Golden State in six games during the second round. Over 11 playoff games, Gasol averaged a double-double of 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds (plus 4.5 assists) per post-season contest. In the off-season, Gasol was selected for the All-NBA First Team, which was another career first.2015
The 2015-16 season was Marc Gasol's eight season in the Association. The veteran center played in 52 games (all starts) with Memphis and posted averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 blocks over 34 minutes per contest. Gasol shot 82.9 percent at the foul line, which was only his second season in which he shot better than 80 percent from the charity stripe (2012-13). On Nov. 20, "Big Spain" recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists during a home win over the Rockets. On Dec. 1, Gasol delivered a career-high 38 points, plus 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, during a road win over the Pelicans."La Tanqueta" was cruising through another highly productive season when on Feb. 8 Gasol was injured during a home game versus the Trail Blazers. Gasol sustained a Grade II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, which resulted in surgery on Feb. 20. The big Spaniard would miss the Grizzlies' last 30 regular season games as well as all their playoff games. Before the injury, Gasol scored in double figures 45 times, including 13 games with at least 20 points and three games with 30 or more. He also grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 10 games and posted nine double-doubles and one triple-double. Without Gasol, Memphis finished the season at 42-40 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Spurs.2016
After a foot injury prematurely ended Marc Gasol's 2015-16 season, "Big Spain" returned to Memphis in 2016-17 and delivered arguably the best statistical season of his career. Gasol posted career per game averages in points (19.5), assists (4.6), and made three-pointers (1.4). Gasol's shooting from behind the arc was particularly astounding. For the veteran center's first eight NBA seasons, Gasol made 12-of-66 three point attempts. But in 2016-17, Gasol drained 104 three pointers from 268 attempts, both stats, of course, being dramatic career highs. Gasol had 15 games in which he made three or more shots from behind the arc. On Oct. 30, during a home win over the Wizards, Marc surpassed his brother Pau Gasol (877) as the franchise's all-time leader in blocks. On Dec. 5, the "Big Burrito" registered the second triple-double of his career with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during a win at New Orleans. On Jan. 25, Gasol scored a career-high 42 points (and five three-pointers) in a home win over the Raptors. In February, Gasol was named to his third career All-Star Game, during which he came off the bench to deliver a double-double. During a Mar. 16 win at Atlanta, Gasol recorded his third career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Gasol's Grizzlies would finish the year at 43-39 and once again face the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. Gasol averaged 19.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists over six post-season contests versus San Antonio, but despite Gasol's efforts, Memphis would lose in six games to the Spurs.2017
Marc Gasol has provided the Grizzlies with a decade's worth of production and that trend continued throughout the course of the 2017-18 campaign. Gasol's 17.2 points per game were the third-highest total of his career. His season got off to a fast start. Gasol averaged 25 points over the course of Memphis's first five games, including a 34-point effort in a win over the loaded Warriors on Oct. 21. Less than a month later, Gasol posted a season-high 35 points in a tight loss to Indiana. In addition to his ability to put the ball in the basket, Gasol continued to impact the game in a variety of other areas. His 8.1 rebounds per contest were his most since the 2011-12 season. Gasol finished with at least four assists per game (4.2) for a second straight year, while averaging more than two (2.1) steals-plus-blocks for a ninth consecutive season. Gasol did all this while shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 83.4 percent from the charity stripe. His 1.5 threes per contest were also a career high and demonstrated two straight (and new) seasons of success from behind the arc. Gasol's Grizzlies finished the year at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.2018
Gasol started 53 games for the Memphis Grizzlies to begin the 2018-2019 campaign. He averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Gasol posted 18 double-doubles as a member of the Grizzlies. He netted a triple-double against Charlotte on Jan. 23 with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. The Spaniard was dealt to the Toronto Raptors near the trade deadline. Gasol played more of a complementary role for the Raptors, though he still started 19 of the 26 contests in which he appeared with Toronto during the regular season. Gasol averaged 30.6 minutes per game in the playoffs, collecting 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest. He scored in double figures in eight playoff games, including three times in the NBA Finals. Gasol's best postseason outing came in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Gasol tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five rejections in a double-overtime victory. With his on-court contributions and veteran leadership, Gasol helped the Raptors to their (and his) first NBA title.
June 28, 2007Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (48th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
February 1, 2008Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, a 2008 1st round draft pick (Donté Greene was later selected) and a 2010 1st round draft pick (Greivis Vásquez was later selected) to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a 2010 2nd round draft pick (Devin Ebanks was later selected).
July 13, 2015Signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies
February 7, 2019Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors for C.J. Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and a 2024 2nd round draft pick.