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Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Marc Gasol is ‘a huge addition’ for the Raptors

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson says All-Star center Marc Gasol is “a huge addition” for the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors acquired Marc Gasol at the trade deadline from the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol made his Toronto debut on Saturday against the New York Knicks and finished with seven points, six rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes of action.

Toronto hosts the Nets on Monday.

Gasol is one of the best passing big men in NBA history. He will also stretch the floor very well for Toronto, who enters Monday with a record of 41-16, good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Gasol has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He is a three-time All-Star and won the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award. The 34-year-old isn’t as lethal as he once was, but he’s still a very good player who is going to be a key piece for the Raptors once the playoffs start.

Toronto now has a Big Three of Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Gasol. There is no team in the East that wants to go up against those three stars in a seven-game playoff series. It’s obviously going to take time for Gasol to acclimate himself with the team, but once he does, the Raptors might be the favorites to win the Eastern Conference.