Posts Tagged ‘Marc Gasol’

Essay: Marc Gasol And Diminishing Returns

November 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The Memphis Grizzlies have gone undefeated since their bitter opening night loss to the Clippers. On Sunday night they beat the defending champs to move to 5-1 on the season. Defeating the Miami Heat was nice, but they did so as part of an outlier performance from their reserve shooting guard, Wayne Ellington, who was 7-11 from long range.

In the game, Marc Gasol, their lumbering center, scored a season-low two points on 1-6 shooting from the field. He made up for a poor shooting night, if six field goal attempts is large enough to count as that, by also grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out six assists in 32 minutes of action.

It’s a performance that’s common for the Spanish Grizzlies center. If Ellington hadn’t shot lights out from long range, they could have benefited from more Gasol shooting; in fact, they could benefit from more Gasol on most nights. Taking advantage of their center’s skills has been frustrating for a team that’s found scoring hard to come by (they ranked 21st out of 30 teams in offensive efficiency last season, per Hoopdata) even as they’ve become an upper tier Western Conference team.

While Memphis has been able to maintain their place as a legitimate playoff team out west, and a dark horse candidate to win an NBA title, they’ve done so while ignoring their all-world center’s offensive skills.

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Power Ranking: Sorting The All-Star Reserves

February 8, 2012 1 comment

This week I’ll be ranking who I believe deserves to be a reserve in the 2012 All-Star game. All 14 players, from both conferences, will be lumped together and placed in order—from “totally obvious” (1) to “I guess he could maybe be an All-Star?” (14). Read more…


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