Marc Gasol is soon going to be given the 2012-13 award for Defensive Player of the Year. Gasol did not have big statistical numbers like Dwight Howard with 12.4 rebounds per game or Serge Ibaka, who averaged 3 blocks per game. Marc Gasol only averaged 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game. What he lacked in stats, he made up for in his overall contribution to the Grizzlies defense. The Grizzlies were the second-best defense in the NBA by only allowing 89.3 points per game. Another stat that helped Marc Gasol’s case was that when he was on the court, the Grizzlies allowed 95.4 points per 100 possessions. However, when Gasol was off the floor, the team allowed 102.2 points per 100 possessions. The disparity in between these two numbers, 6.8 PPP, clearly shows his impact on the team. Gasol also guards the pick and roll well as he is able to pick up the guard consistently. In this case, the proverbial “eye-test” is the reason for him receiving this prestigious award.
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