The NBA and Memphis Grizzlies announced today that Marc Gasol had been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played between December 5th and December 11th.
Gasol had himself quite a week. He joined his brother Pau Gasol as the only players in the history of the Memphis Grizzlies to record multiple triple-doubles. He averaged 27.3 points, 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.25 steals while shooting 50% overall from the field and 47% shooting from beyond the arc.
Most importantly, likely especially to Gasol, through his efforts the Grizzlies went 4-0 over the course of last week, including defeating the mighty Golden State Warriors Saturday night. Memphis is currently in the midst of one of the most impressive six-game winning streaks in recent memory, not because of who the Grizzlies have played but because of who they are missing. Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley, Vince Carter, Brandan Wright, and James Ennis have not played at any point during this winning streak.
That makes Gasol’s performance that much more impressive. He has to be the focus of opposing game plans, and it just doesn’t matter. Memphis is sitting pretty currently in the Western Conference, and that is thanks in large part to Marc Gasol.
Congrats, Big Spain, on the well-deserved recognition.