All-N.B.A First Team Predictions: Center- Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)

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Per Game Stats: 17.4ppg 7.8rpg 3.8apg (2nd among centers) 1.6bpg 0.9spg 21.73per

At first glance, Marc Gasol’s numbers don’t jump off the page but his overall impact doesn’t always show up on the box score. Gasol used his defensive prowess, phenomenal court vision for a center and improved offensive game to become a perennial M.V.P contender. As the season went on his production dropped but the Grizzlies weren’t asking him to do as much. He helped lead the Grizzlies to 55 wins the second most in franchise history. In the first round victory, over the Blazers Gasol averaged 20.4ppg 9.2rpg 5.0apg and 2.4bpg in a five game victory. Although he has struggled from the field shooting just 41.5% from the field his overall impact can’t be denied. Currently, he has the Grizzlies tied with the Warriors after four games a position no one expected after game 1. Gasol has been the best center all year and his season will culminate with his first ever  First-Team nod.

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