H.O.F. Watch – Pau Gasol

11.28.07 10 years ago 27 Comments

Every day we’re taking one active NBA star with at least arguable Hall of Fame credentials and breaking down his chances of getting into the Springfield, Mass., hoops mecca. We’re looking at not just past accomplishments, but also how a player’s career realistically projects for the future. For a full explanation of the process, click here. Today’s candidate: Pau Gasol.

PAU GASOL (7th year, Grizzlies)
18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 blocks per game

Why: In the NBA, Gasol is a borderline All-Star and building block of his (albeit struggling) franchise, with a Rookie of the Year and a few playoff appearances on his resume. In the international game, he’s a certified superstar. He led Spain to a World Championship in 2006, taking tournament MVP honors, and before coming to the NBA he won an MVP and a championship in Spain’s top professional league. He eagerly suits up for Team Spain every summer, and keeps them ranked among the top teams in the world.

Why not: Not only has Gasol never been past the first round in the NBA playoffs, he’s never even won a game in three trips. With all the talent in the Western Conference at his position, All-Star nods will be hard to come by for Gasol, let alone any All-NBA selections, especially if his team continues to underachieve. He’s also got to overcome the “soft” label attached to his name, which is helped along by the fact that Gasol’s already had two seasons where he’s played fewer than 60 games.

Our call: OUT

The H.O.F. Watch archive
11/27 – Kevin Garnett
11/26 – Manu Ginobili
11/21 – Amare Stoudemire
11/20 – Rip Hamilton
11/19 – Baron Davis
11/16 – Shaquille O’Neal
11/15 – Steve Francis
11/14 – Ben Wallace
11/13 – Sam Cassell
11/12 – LeBron James
11/9 – Tim Duncan
11/8 – Steve Nash
11/7 – Yao Ming
11/6 – Gilbert Arenas
11/5 – Robert Horry
11/2 – Kobe Bryant
11/1 – Grant Hill
10/31 – Dirk Nowitzki
10/30 – Tony Parker
10/29 – Elton Brand
10/26 – Carmelo Anthony
10/25 – Vince Carter
10/24 – Penny Hardaway
10/23 – Alonzo Mourning
10/22 – Allen Iverson
10/19 – Dwyane Wade
10/18 – Chauncey Billups
10/17 – Stephon Marbury
10/16 – Jason Kidd
10/15 – Shawn Marion
10/12 – Ray Allen
10/11 – Chris Bosh
10/10 – Chris Webber
10/9 – Paul Pierce
10/5 – Jermaine O’Neal
10/4 – Gary Payton
10/3 – Tracy McGrady

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