Marc Gasol wins defensive player of the year
Last international player to win this award since 2001, Mutumbo won it and becomes the 3rd international player to win it next to Hakeem and Mutumbo, the first European player to win the award.
He won a DPOY in his 5th season (Came to the NBA at a late age of 24 years old)
Here are a couple things you may not know about Marc
Gasol shoots 85% from the FT.
Gasol averages 4 assist per game at the center position
His nickname in Tennessee(where he lived part of his teenage life) was the Big Burrito
Memphis surrendered a league-low 88.7 points per game. According to NBA.com, Gasol's +5.4 score differential ranked second among the league's centers. The Grizzlies also had a +7.5 score differential when Gasol was playing versus -3.9 when he was on the bench.
Personally, Ibaka and Sanders have been monsters on the defensive side...Duncan deserves some love, but Gasol has played the most minutes and playing time over these guys and has been the most consistent of all of them.
Gasol is entering his prime and now I ask you guys, where do you rank Gasol amongst elite NBA players?
Heres my list
1. LeBron (97+)
3. Anthony (93)
4. Durant (93)
5. Bryant (92)
7. Curry (88)
8. Westbrook (89)
9. Duncan (88)
10. Horford (87)
11. Gasol (88)
12. Howard (88)
13. Harden (88)
14. Aldridge (86)
15. Wall (85)
16. Parker (85)
18. Noah (84)
19. Smith (84)
20. George (82)
These ratings obviously change when Love/Rondo/Rose come back into the picture.