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Pau Gasol out of F.C. Barcelona
College: F.C. Barcelona
Height: 7'-1"
Weight: 215
Class: N/A
Birth Date: July 6, 1980
Age: 39 years, 43 days old
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NBA Comparison: Dirk Nowitzki
Clutchcity.net Notes on Pau Gasol
Over 7-feet tall and with moves of a small forward, Pau Gasol has created a buzz in NBA circles. In 28 games last season with Barcelona, averaged 14 points, 5.1 rebounds and while hitting over 53% of his shots from the field (34% from long range) and helping his team to a 28-5 record. Scored 25 points to lead his Barcelona squad to the "Copa Del Rey" championship and claim the MVP award. Compared often to other versatile European players like Toni Kukoc and Dirk Nowitzki. Has a large female fan base, if you know what I mean.

Said European scout Mike Cound, "Actually, he's much more like Kevin Garnett. This kid is legit. He's every bit 7-1 or even 7-2 and he can shoot the three. But he's also real thin, a lot like Garnett was a few years ago. If you are a team with a few first-round picks, or if you're a team which can afford to wait, he's an excellent choice. If everybody knows what they should know, he is a lottery pick"

Strengths of Pau Gasol
Amazing potential. A 7-footer with the mobility of a small forward -- mismatches like that just aren't available every day. Loves to get the crowd pumped up with slams (led the league with a pair of slams per game). Moves very well for his size and is versatile enough to play multiple positions.
Weaknesses of Pau Gasol
Strength -- very lanky ... will need to bulk up if he goes down low. Not ready to be a force in the NBA yet. May not be allowed to bolt to the NBA this year either as his Barcelona squad still has him under contract one more season and the escape-clause payment is reportedly a doozie. Made just 58% of his free throws.
Gasol on the Rockets?
It doesn't take a genius to see how well a pick like Dirk Nowitzki panned out for the Mavericks, so Gasol could be a risk worth taking. It also doesn't take much for Rocket fans to remember Mirsad Turkcan. Still, even with the risk and the possibility he won't be able to play until 2002, at over 7-feet tall and the ability to play out on the wing, Gasol is a guy I wouldn't mind seeing Houston take a chance on.
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