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Gasol's as sturdy as ever.
Marc Gasol's production took a slight step backwards from last year, but that can probably be chalked up to his knee problems. And a 90 percent healthy Gasol is still better than almost every player in the league anyways.
Gasol hasn't connected on his mid-range jumper as much as he did last season, but defenses still have to respect it, and his post and pick-and-roll games have still been strong this year, per Synergy. The big knock on Gasol offensively is the same as its always been: He's not aggressive enough.
Gasol's usage rate rose to nearly 22 percent this season, and while that's a step in the right direction, it's still low for a player as versatile as he is. He's one of those guys who's unselfish to a fault at times. He never wants to break the flow of the offense.
That's often a good thing, but not if it means that Tony Allen or James Johnson are getting as many offensive opportunities as he is.
Defensively, Gasol's as awesome as ever. The Grizzlies always try to funnel the action toward him, and his paint-clogging presence and crisp rotations are the lynchpin of their defense, which ranks second in the league since his return.
Gasol deserves a great grade for his play in the Grizzlies' final regular season game against the Dallas Mavericks alone, a virtuoso 19-point, nine-assist, nine-rebound performance that personified the big man.
Gasol was stonewalling players at the rim, slinging cross-court passes while doubled, feeding cutters from the high post, hitting elbow jumpers...he was being Marc Gasol, basically.