Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  65 responses

Marc Gasol to Win Defensive Player of the Year Award

by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

According to multiple reports, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will be named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow.

Gasol anchored one of the League’s stingiest defenses — with him on the court, Memphis gave up 95.4 points per 100 possessions — while blocking 1.7 shots and snatching 7.8 rebounds a night.

Per the Commercial Appeal :

They gave up 102.2 points per 100 possessions with Gasol on the bench. Gasol is credited with being an above average pick-and-roll defender, and he moves around the lane to routinely and forcefully protect the rim. He’s vocal, too, calling out coverages and directing teammates to the right spot on the floor.

The Grizzlies benefited from three top-flight defenders this season. Point guard Mike Conley led the league in total steals and shooting guard Tony Allen earned a label as the NBA’s best perimeter defender.

The award will be presented to Gasol during a press conference prior to Game 3 of the Grizzlies’ first round matchup against the LA Clippers, which Memphis trails 2-0.

It should be noted that Marc Gasol had the most hilarious defensive play of the season, though how that factored into the DPOY voting is unclear at this point.

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  • danpowers

    lucky him that noah missed 16 games. thats still a fair choice. wouldve also been ok with george allen or beal tho. its a little unfair that this award favors bigs. the contribution by great perimeter defendes in times without handchecking should be honored a bit more

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    I would have vote for Tim Duncan, better in my eyes without having the luxary of having guys like Tony Allen around him but I guess total minutes played a role here.

  • nhm

    yeah. that shoe tap was funny

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    yes Noah/Duncan better than Gasol in my opinion

  • Anthony Dixon

    well he has shut down Lopez a few times. Well deserved for leading the team.

  • danpowers

    my bad that i forgot duncan, shame on me. but gasol was great too.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i wanted Noah. suprised gasol won this award. he always seemed sloth like

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    he’s winning over Duncan and Noah because he played like 1000 more minutes than them

  • i_ball

    The first European to win the award. Well deserved too. I read an interesting article about his off ball D under some other article.

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  • Max


  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    beal? are you drunk or something?

  • spit hot fiyah

    700 more than duncan

  • spit hot fiyah

    his positioning and blocking out is awesome. not spectacular at all, but his basketball IQ is through the roof

  • LakeShow

    Great unconventional choice. I’m surprised by the pick, but not because of skill set. He’s certainly deserving. He’s arguably the best defender in the L. I prefer to call him the best help defender in the L.

  • LakeShow

    Who’s Beal?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are surprised? i told you Gasol was gonna win the award like 5 days ago.

  • erica hall

    LBJ should have won it!! He keeps getting robbed!!! Not fair

  • spit hot fiyah

    just found out that luke babbitt actually got a 3rd place vote for 6th man of the year.

  • Caboose

    While there were others who contributed better (Duncan, Noah), no one contributed more than Marc. I’m fine with this.

  • danpowers

    whooops. i meant bradley, my bad. typo

  • danpowers

    accident. i meant bradley

  • danpowers

    bradley, my bad

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i didn’t even see that you mentioned it.
    the perimeter guys don’t affect a whole teams offense like the bigs. That’s why Bigs dominate the award. Only non-bigs to win are the only non-bigs to dominate defense like bigs. (Jordan/Payton/Artest).

  • Max

    Lol what the hell?

  • LakeShow

    Surprised today? No.
    Surprised 2 weeks ago. Yes.

  • LakeShow

    No he shouldn’t have.

  • bike

    Nice that they take into account many of the intangibles. Based on stats, I doubt Gasol would have been a top candidate.

  • LakeShow

    You still might wanna just put the full name. Cause now you’ve said Bradley and Beal. Most people will still think Bradley Beal.

    So here’s for you:

    He means Avery Bradley.

  • Drig

    Will be interesting to see how Marc faces off with Dwight next season for the award. Duncan was just as deserving IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha ok, that’s fair.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Norv

    Boo! Duncan should of won it(most efficient via Basketball reference.com). Not only is Gasol not the DPOY, but he’s not even THEE defender on the his own team. That title would have to go to Tony Allen!(Baskelball Refrence defensive rating, backs that up too) Anyone with decent hops would be ecstatic to see Marc Gasol trying to stop then from hanging on the rim. How an “ALMOST” fat man from Spain can be considered(even for a year) the best defensive player in league is straight cray…….I don’t even think Marc Gasol could jump over a $1,000 dollars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I had no idea just how dominant Gasol is on the defensive end until I watching him during Game 2 vs the Clipps…..because I never had a chance to watch Memphis play on a consistent basis during the RS. His ability to defend his man and the PnR is uncanny.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is always in the right spot, so good at forcing bad shots without fouling.

  • spit hot fiyah

    true story, and someone voted for jordan crawford, thinking he was jamal crawford

  • danpowers

    lol, thank u very much

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Larry Sanders is going to be the favorite going into next season I would assume. Him and Anthony Davis, if Dwight isn’t back to 100%. This year was like a transitional year.

  • danpowers

    yup i was the one starting that nonsense.

    i get that point, and its a valid one. but i also think at the same time, that it takes a guy like bradley, goerge or any other prime perimeter stopper even more energy to do his job. and awards should at least sometimes also reward effort, not ony overall impact. at least i feel for those who work their a*sses off against scorers like bryant, durant or anthony while others grab the hardware.

    still, i understand why gasol, chandler n howard got it in the past n im also ok with each of them.

    though sometimes perimeter guys can also impact their teams defense as much as a big defensive anchor. i mean just take allens impact on the grizzlies or bradleys impact on the celtics. their energy is contagious and often boosts a whole team to new heights

  • LakeShow

    Holy sh*t your an imbecile.

  • spit hot fiyah

    which he country he is from should be completely irrelevant. and his vertical also. duncan averages 30 min a game. gasol played 700+ more minutes than duncan, equivalent to over 23 more games than duncan. so while duncan might be the most efficient, he is not the most productive. i would rather have an extra 23 games of gasol putting in work.

  • LakeShow

    It’s great to see some fantastic young defenders in the L.

    A. Bradley





    P. George

    Marc Gasol

    Serge Ibaka

    Omer Asik




    List goes on.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s why they have the all defensive team. for those guys who put maximum effort and get maximum impact out of it to be recognized. the problem is, the coaches also just guess sometimes. right kobe?
    you think Bill Gates matters more or less than a tech guy fixing computers? —- now who works harder?
    impact is all that really matters. you know this. it’s not kiddy land where everyone is treated fairly for trying hard.

  • danpowers

    lol yeah, these kobe selections were at least in some years quite… absurd

    i know what u mean but i think that bill gates / tech guy example is a little blown out of proportion.

    e.g. this years celtics showed that bradley’s d meant as much to the celtics as kg’s d.

    i also dont know if the grizzlies would be such a physical and rough team without allen. its not that these perimeter guys just try and give all they got without impact. even if an anchor is able to make it tougher for a well coached team to score, if you dont have a stopper to make life tough for elite scorers they just shoot over the d so that the anchor guy doesnt even get in touch with them while their team gets lit up. also a very “exclusive” example because teams dont play the majority of their games against those guys, but i hope u get my point.

  • j


  • roscoe

    Who said Europeans were SOFT? Congrats MarC

  • LakeShow

    Thanks, j.

  • bike

    No offense, but the reference to an ‘almost fat man from Spain’ kinda knocks your credibility score down a notch or two don’t ya think?

  • ATL dynamite

    Very deserving. When will it be the guards’ turn to win this tho. Sigh.

  • ATL dynamite

    Remember how people kept on bashing the Grizz for trading Pau away for nothing? What can you say now.

  • ATL dynamite

    Keep eyes on Dequan Jones too. He definitely has the physical tools and mindset – just that the Magic isn’t getting any love from the media this season (we all know why)

  • LakeShow

    Thanks for the heads up. Hadn’t heard of him at all.

  • The Seed

    This reminds me of when Steve Nash got those MVP’s, is he the first White Defensive Player of the Year ever. #GoMedia

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    I agree. Marc Gasol is vastly overrated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Are you kidding me. What the f*ck does a player’s race have to do with his abilities on the court?

  • Caboose

    ATL dynamite doesn’t watch enough Magic games. Jones is so ridiculously limited offensively with such a low basketball IQ, I’m surprised he’s in the league. He has all the tools to be a good defender physically, but he’s nowhere close right now

  • Caboose


  • The Fury

    Ditto, I wouldn’t even notice it until NBK posted a link here the other day. So when I watched Game 2 I witnessed how good he was defensively. Congratz to Marc Gasol!!

  • The Fury

    No…wait…did Mark Eaton won this award??

  • ATL dynamite

    I agree that he is limited offensively, this has been his problem since his days in the University of Miami, and all the problems you said were the reasons why he could not get a starting role in his Uni days. I will contribute his deficiency to his lack of experience, and given his work ethic and his physical gifts he definitely has the potential to become a lockdown defender in the league.

    Yes he may be ‘nowhere close’ right now, but he is going to be an overlooked great piece in your Magic.

  • Armando

    *Should HAVE…. Anyways, you’re not worth listening to. Well deserved Marc. Tony Allen is great, but having Gasol behind him certainly makes it easier to play that kind of aggressive perimeter D. Much like Duncan covering Bowen’s back back in the day.

  • Ei_Ehm

    I expected Serge Ibaka to win the award, but after reading the article and the reasons they presented for Gasol to winning it I’m satisfied and happy for the guy. He’s a tough player unlike his older brother.

  • keyon dooling

    LeBron came in 2nd in the vote for those curious