Marc Gasol has an interesting Hall of Fame case.
Based solely on his NBA accomplishments, which includes three All-Star appearances, an NBA title and a Defensive Player of the Year award, Basketball Reference currently gives the Raptors centre a 31.9 percent chance of being inducted, putting him on the same page as role players like Robert Horry and Steve Kerr.
That, however, doesn't take into account a huge part of Gasol's career.
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Gasol didn't play in the NBA until he was 24-years-old. After graduating from high school at Lausanne in Memphis, he returned home to begin his professional career. He split his five years in Spain with the Liga ACB's FC Barcelona and Girona, racking up a Spanish League championship, a Spanish League MVP and an All-Spanish League Team selection.
Additionally, Gasol has been a staple on the Spanish national team since 2006. He's won two silver medals at the Olympic Games and a gold medal at the World Cup, as well as five EuroBasket medals.
The combination gives him the following resume:
|NBA||Spanish League||National Team|
|1-time champion (2019)||Spanish ACB League champion (2004)||2-time Olympic silver medalist (2008, 2012)|
|Defensive Player of the Year (2013)||Spanish Supercup Winner (2004)||1-time World Cup gold medalist (2006)|
|3-time All-Star (2012, 2015, 2017)||FIBA EuroChallenge champion (2007)||2-time EuroBasket gold medalist (2009, 2011)|
|All-NBA First Team (2015)||Catalan Tournament champion (2007)||1-time EuroBasket silver medalist (2007)|
|All-NBA Second Team (2013)||Spanish ACB League MVP (2008)||2-time EuroBasket silver medalist|
|All-Rookie Second Team (2009)||All-Spanish ACB League Team (2008)|
That's not much different from Vlade Divac's, who headlines this year's Hall of Fame class. Divac accomplished more than Gasol internationally - he won a total of 13 medals while representing Yugoslavia and was named one of FIBA's 50 greatest players in the early 1990s - but Gasol has had more success in the NBA, capped off by him winning a championship this past season as Toronto's starting centre.
Is it enough for him to be a first ballot Hall of Famer? Probably not. But he's already done enough at age 34 to eventually be considered and possibly make it.
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