Pau Gasol, 35 years young, turned in an outstanding performance in the EuroBasket tournament this year. Even though he played more minutes than he was supposed to, Gasol looked like his younger dominant self. On his way to a gold medal and MVP honors, Gasol averaged 25.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting over 50% from the floor. During the elimination games, he posted averages of 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting a ridiculous 59.1% from the field.
Many are wondering if Gasol is going to fit into Hoiberg’s new offense in Chicago. It’s a faster paced and more spaced out offense, and there are reports that Hoiberg wants Gasol playing away from the post more. The Lakers tried this same thing and then Gasol was shipped out shortly afterwards. If you ask me, you should let Gasol do what he does best, because this EuroBasket tournament proved that he can carry a team playing the way he wants to play. Of course the talent in EuroBasket isn’t the same level that he sees in the NBA, but Gasol is a tough player to stop in the post, no matter who is guarding him. That being said, he does also have a great high-elbow game, but that seems to be where he goes to switch it up after abusing defenders in the post.
We’ll have to wait to figure out if he can thrive in Hoiberg’s offense, but we can watch his dominant play in EuroBasket 2015 right here: