Memphis Grizzlies: Why You Shouldn't Forget About Marc Gasol

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent INovember 2, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers wait for the play under the basket on April 12, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Marc Gasol is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. His brother Pau Gasol who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers is a global icon and a two-time NBA champion.

Marc Gasol was originally a member of the L.A. Lakers, but he was included in a blockbuster trade that brought him to Memphis in place of his older brother.

This season Gasol has had an immediate impact in two games. The Grizzlies are totally different team when Gasol is on the floor.

With Gasol on the floor against the Dallas Mavericks, he muscled his way to 15 rebounds to go along with 10 points. These are the type of numbers that the Grizzlies will need from Gasol.

Last season, Gasol missed 13 games, and during the stretch while he was unable to play, the Grizzlies suffered dramatically.

The development of Marc Gasol comes to no surprise. Gasol has great footwork and a soft touch for a big man. Marc Gasol also has a toughness to his game something that his older brother lacks.

Every night in the Western Conference is a tall task when it comes to defending the the likes of Yao Ming, Tim Duncan, Chris Kaman, Al Jefferson and Pau Gasol. Marc is a competitor, and he often plays his best games against the toughest competition.

This season, the Grizzlies may be primed for playoff run, and Marc Gasol will have a lot to do with the development of the team. The Western Conference is flooded with productive centers, and you often hear NBA experts leave out the "other" Gasol's name. 

Being that this is his third year in the NBA, he will continue to improve and gain notice from basketball fans around the country.

Gasol will continue to fly under the radar.

By having Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph steal all of the headlines Gasol can improve on a nightly basis and not have to worry about being under the microscope.

Gasol may not be the best basketball player on his team or in his family, but he is a great talent that is a vital component on his team.