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Pau Gasol - 2001-2002 Rookie of the Year

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It's official. Grizzlies rookie star Pau "Pow!" Gasol is the NBA's Rookie of the Year and the first Grizzly to win a post-season award. Congratulations, Pau. Congratulations, Memphis. You scored. Big time!

Ranked near the top of almost every statistical category throughout the season, Pow! entertained fans and saved many games as well. Check out our special profile of NBA Rookie of the Year Pau Gasol and his super-human talent.




TEAM RECORD SETTER
Gasol set several Grizzlies rookie records this season:
  • Rebounds:730 (old record: 570, set by Bryant Reeves in 1995-96)

  • Blocks: 169 (old record: 163, set by Roy Rogers in 1996-97)

  • Field Goal %: .518 (old record: .505, set by Roy Rogers in 1996-97)

  • Starts: 79 (old record: 71, set by Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996-97)
  • RANKS IN THE TOP 5
    Gasol finished the season in the Top 5 in the following rookie categories:
  • Scoring: 1st with 17.6 ppg
  • Rebounding: 1st with 8.9 rpg
  • Double-doubles: 1st with 35
  • Blocks: 1st with 2.06 bpg
  • Field Goal %: 1st with 51.8%
  • Minutes: 2nd with 36.7 mpg
  • Assists: 8th with 2.7 apg
  • ROOKIE OF THE MONTH -- 3 TIMES!
    Gasol was named the NBA's Got Milk? Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November, January and March.
    Rookie Leaders
    | Gasol Profile

    PAU GASOL

    DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR OPPONENTS
    Compiled 35 double-doubles
    Scored in double figures in 78 of 82 games played

    STATS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
    Averaged 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.06 blocks, shooting 51.8%,
    and 2.7 assists.

    MAN OF STEEL : PAU DID NOT MISS A GAME
    Gasol is the only Grizzlie to play in all 82 games.

    PAU COMMENTS ON RECEIVING HONORS
    “I don’t know what to say. I couldn’t be happier right now.”
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    PEOPLE ARE TALKING

    “He is a very good player. He is the Rookie of the Year, there isn't anyone close. Night after night he just keeps putting up the numbers, he is really a solid player."
    Rick Adelman, Sacramento Kings Head Coach

    “Pau Gasol is an awesome player. He is going to be good in the NBA. He is one of the best rookies, if not the best, in the league right now.”
    Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings

    “He is a hell of a player. He will be a star in this league. I already know he has the Rookie of the Year Award locked up, he deserves it.”
    Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors





    Article Links : NBA.com Profile
    | HOOP Magazine Feature | Gasol Q&A | NBA Conference Call | Teleconferencia con Gasol | Rookie Comic Book | NBA ROY Coverage |NBA ROY Fan Poll
    Media Link: Gasol Media Page