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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.”
    Click here to read more.

    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