Pau Gasol vs. Marc Gasol: Which is or will be the better NBA player when it's all said and done?

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

A happy birthday to Marc Gasol! Who went from a chubby 7 foot high school center to arguably the best center in the league when healthy. The Gasol brothers have clearly cemented their legacy as towering figures in the NBA history….especially among international players. But with Pau slowly regressing and Marc just entering the prime of his career I have to ask: which Gasol brother will be better when it is all said and done?

Pau has the advantage now, but who's to say Marc doesn't overtake him at some point? He's better defensively and slightly more athletic as well. Thoughts?

Josh Miller
Josh Miller
Senior Columnist

Personally, I think Marc is definitely the better player right now, and it's all dependent on if he can win a ring or two. Pau used to be one of the best frontcourt players in the league, and is one of the most offensively adept frontcourt players in history, but he never nor will never be the defensive presence that Marc has become. Pau has been referred to as soft for much of his career. Marc is the complete opposite and that's the kind of guy you want playing center for your team. The both of them have very different strengths and weaknesses, but I honestly would probably take Marc, now or before. While he is not as skilled offensively, I would give that up for a center who is as ferocious and tough as Marc.

Derek Wizzle
Derek Wizzle
Editor

I think Pau will be looked at as the more talented one since he scored a lot of points for his team and he had more post up moves. Plus he won a few NBA titles. Marc plays in Memphis and no one cares about the Grizzlies. Marc is underappreciated by NBA fans but his teammates know he's a great teammate because he is such a student of the game and the best passing big man in the NBA.

I think Pau has had a much more illustrious career

Juan Ruiz
Juan Ruiz
Columnist

Pau will go down as the better of the two. Marc Gasol, while a GREAT defender, and average scorer is not as good as his brother. Pau has some of the best post moves, footwork, and jump-shooting that I've seen from a 7 footer. He's a poor man Dirk Nowitzski. Not too mention he's got two rings and in the top 100 scorers in NBA history.

George Becnel II
George Becnel II
Analyst

If I were building a team, I'd pick Marc over Pau. Marc is a more physical, traditional big man with great passing skills. Pau is a bit soft. However, I think Pau will go down as the greater Gasol because he has titles. I don't see Marc winning a ring without a blockbuster trade, and Pau has two.

Peter Thai
Peter Thai
Senior Columnist

I think Pau has had a much more illustrious career. He's won championships and he's been long regarded as one of the top power forwards-centers in the league. He's always an offensive threat and he's got a great shooting stroke. But yes, he's soft for his size and for his position. He's not a flopper and a makeshift defender, but he's not top 10. On the other hand, Marc is. He's a great defender and he's tough, as others have mentioned. But Marc will need to do much more to gain the level that his brother has achieved. He's going to have to bring the Grizzlies into the mainstream or go to a more big-name team that can market him better.