Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player and a member of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gasol is a 3-time NBA All-Star, 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 2015 All-NBA First Team and 2013 All-NBA Second Team, 2013 All-Defensive Second Team and 2009 All-Rookie Second Team.
Gasol played his college basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. In his senior year, he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game and was named Division 2's Mr. Basketball. After graduating from Lausanne, Gasol played for three years in the Liga ACB for FC Barcelona (2003-2006). After some good performances in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Gasol spent two seasons with Akasvayu Girona where he was named 2008 ACB Most Valuable Player.
Gasol was drafted as the 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for his older brother, Pau Gasol, on draft night. He started his rookie season in fine form scoring 10 plus points in 10 straight games and shooting a franchise record percentage from the field with 53 percent. With an increase in playing time in the 2009-10 season, Gasol averaged 14.6 points with 9.3 rebounds per game shooting a career-high field goal percentage of 58.1 percent.
In the 2010-11 Playoffs, Gasol averaged 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game to upset top-seeded San Antonio Spurs before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the semi-finals in seven games. In the 2011-12 season, Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies to a four-year, $58 million contract. Gasol was named NBA 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the year averaging, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game, thus becoming the first European player to win the award. Gasol also had 318 assists in the season, which were the most amongst all centers.
Gasol re-signed with the Memphis before in 2015. In the 2016-17 season, he scored a career-high 42 points in a 101–99 win over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol was also a part of the Spanish national team that won a gold medal in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He also won the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA EuroBasket and silver medals at the 2007 FIBA EuroBasket, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2012 Summer Olympics.