Yes, I did post those stats from one game. I've stated numerous times that Pau will have elite games but he won't be able to sustain them. I won't be surprised if he starts producing triple doubles in a row. Will that mean he's an elite center? No, but he's not an awful player.
I'm not sure why you'd rather have those play defense but alright. Although defensive rebounds have been one of our weaknesses, Pau's 9th out of all the centers this year. He's ahead of Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Roy Hibbert, etc.
Once again, Pau was NEVER known for his defense. His offensive game used to be so elite that it clouded over his defensive deficiencies.
Yes, those are serviceable numbers and Pau is a serviceable player. He can draw double teams and effectively create plays for others. Notice how terrible our 3P% was those games Pau was out? You're setting too high of a standard for Pau. He will be 34 years old soon. There aren't many centers that play at that age. At his age and this stage of his career, yes he is a serviceable center.
There is more to basketball than the tangible aspects. He'll be able to play free from trade rumors. He won't become defensive player of the year but he has the ability to produce 17/10 on 50%+ shooting on another team.
What's the point of you providing stats from ONE GAME??? I've been posting statistics on Pau Gasol for YEARS and you Pau Gasol-apologists go mum and/or disappear. He's an awful player and just because he can throw together a handful of good games (among 82+) means diddly-squat.
I'd rather those guys play defense because it's impossible for anyone to be worse than Pau Gasol.
You wanna talk about defensive rebounds? Ok. 8 Defensive Rebounds Per Game...guess what? That's one more than his career average. Outstanding huh? You wanna cherry-pick then I can say he's averaging a career low in ORPG.
So because he "was never known" for his defense means he is not required to play it? Sounds like another Pau Gasol cop-out to me.
Those are not "serviceable" numbers; they are weak numbers. Among qualified centers, he's dead last in FG%.
Any team that doubles Pau Gasol is stupid. There's simply no reason to do so. Many times over, he has been single-covered by guys who some consider to be inferior to him and to players who are smaller than he is.
Man, how many games was Pau out? Dude has played 30 games; small sample size. I really could care less about 3PT% because all it reminds me of is the only thing MDA likes to do.
Pau can't even be average so my standards are definitely not too high.
It's a high standard to expect a guy to show up in the playoffs? (Hasn't done so in forever)
It's a high standard to expect a player to play defense? (Yeh...)
It's a high standard to expect a player to average close to 20 PPG? (Been a while)
It's a high standard to expect a "big" man to shoot 50% from the field? (Been a while)
It's a high standard to expect a big man not to flop? (Soft player)
It's a high standard to expect a player not to turn the ball over? (He brings it low and it's definitely getting stripped)
Don't give me that "34" cop-out. How old was he in '10/'11?
There is more to basketball than the tangible aspects
Obviously. Too bad Pau provides next to nothing intangible and worthwhile towards winning ball games.
He'll be able to play free from trade rumors
Poor guy, huh? Here he is making $19 mil a year and the trade rumors are making him feel so bad. Here's a thought: How about you play well and you wouldn't have to worry about that. IIRC, he was coming off that horrific '10/'11 playoff performance when the trade rumors came up. Don't want trade rumors? Don't play like garbage.
17/10 on 50% shooting, huh? I'm wondering how you've come to this assumption since he hasn't done anything like that since (as if 17 PPG is impressive anyway) the '11/'12 season. Especially considering that during the postseason of that same year, he dropped a marvelous 13/10/43% FG and was demolished by Ibaka and Faried. The team is not the problem, Pau Gasol is the problem.