A Second Ring For Gasol Doesn’t Mean He’s a Hall Of Famer

There was a question that was brought up by Harrison Moore in his article titled "NBA Finals 2010: Would a Second Title Catapult Pau Gasol Into the Hall of Fame?"

The answer at this point is a clear and definitive no! Even with the two rings, Gasol's name doesn't belong with the greatest power forwards of all-time. His numbers aren't even close.

So far in his career, Gasol has averaged 18.8 points, 9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, .5 steals, 1.7 blocks, on 52.1 percent shooting, and 74.3 percent from the free throw line.

Those numbers are very good career wise. The Hall of Fame, though, isn't for the very good; it's for the best of the best. Does Gasol even come close to being mentioned among the best power forwards ever or even among the best players ever in NBA history?

The issue though is that Gasol has only once in his career been considered amongst the best power forwards in the NBA until his ninth season. It took him nine seasons to average a double double, and only twice in his career has Gasol ever averaged over 20 points per game.

He's also only won the Rookie of the Year Award. He's only been in the top 10 in rebounding once.

In the playoffs his numbers are similar to this regular season. He averages 18.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

Another issue that haunts Gasol is that he's always been seen as soft. When teams play Gasol physically, he has a hard time with it. He's also going to be remembered for allowing Leon Powe to abuse him for 21 points in just over 14.5 minutes.

It also happened again where Gasol didn't really bother showing up in the Finals for a game, this time being outplayed by Glen "Big Baby" Davis.

Yes, Gasol played extremely well against the Orlando Magic when Gasol earned his first championship ring. Dwight Howard isn't necessarily known for being a dominating post presence either.  

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