The first thing you notice about the 23-year-old Spaniard is there's no doubting for a second that he's Pau Gasol's younger brother.
From the shaggy hair to the bushy beard to the 7-foot stature, Marc Gasol will constantly draw comparisons to his big brother and the Grizzlies' franchise leader in several statistical categories.
Yet Marc Gasol hardly feels cold in the shadow.
"It's more of a motivation," Gasol said. "You have to look at it like that. Being compared to one of the best is not that bad. I've been through it since I started playing professional basketball. It's happened in Spain, so I'll just have to show everybody here that I'm different than Pau. I'm a different person and a different player."
From Marc's first impression today during the team's annual open practice, the differences in his game will be just as obvious as the personal traits he shares with Pau.
Marc is beefier. He is stronger, more willing to accept and deliver contact, and tougher.
"He's not your typical rookie," teammate Hakim Warrick said. "He's ready, and he's definitely going to show the fans that he's ready right now."
An argument could be made that Marc has accomplished something quicker than Pau did in a Griz uniform -- Marc's already earned his teammates' respect. He's diving for loose balls, rebounding with force and finishing strongly around the rim.
"Whereas Pau is a guy who would rather play out on the perimeter, Marc doesn't mind banging with guys," swingman Rudy Gay said. "He's doesn't mind confrontation down there (in the paint). That's kind of refreshing. He wants to be his own player, and he's working toward that. He's definitely asserting himself."