Pau Gasol joins Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar with rare feat
The case for Pau Gasol entering the Hall of Fame just became stronger – not that it needed to be, of course. He has a pair of NBA championships, a handful of All-NBA selections, and countless FIBA recognitions. On top of that, the San Antonio Spurs veteran has also given NBA fans over a decade of great numbers and simple, big man basketball.
Nevertheless, Gasol recently reached a new milestone and also joined a very exclusive company, one that could very well be mentioned when he’s being welcomed at Springfield years from now.
The 37-year-old Spaniard hauled in his 11,000th career rebound on Monday against the Utah Jazz. In doing so, he became only the fourth player in league history to have 20,000-plus points, 11,000-plus rebounds, 3,500-plus assists, and 1,500-plus blocks. The other three are big-named all-timers in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan.
As one of the old geezers in the Spurs roster that’s still hooping well, Gasol is playing his role like the pro that he is. In just 24.9 minutes of action per game, he is able to average all-around numbers of 10.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.0 block per contest.
Furthermore, Gasol has recorded 12 double-doubles and one triple-double this season. He also has 11 games where he’s one or two rebounds shy of a double-double, and four other ones where he’s one rebound or three assists short of a triple-double.
With the help of Gasol’s play, the Spurs are ranking third in the Western Conference standings with a 35-23 record. It’s all despite their All-Star Kawhi Leonard only able to suit up for nine games this season.