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Offense: Gets a fifth of his offense from each of fast breaks, spot ups, and cuts off the ball. Somewhat limited offensively in the half-court. A very poor shooter, particularly from beyond the arc. Mechanics arent terrible, but consistency isnt there at this point. Has a tendency to rush his shot at times. Wont do a lot of damage off the dribbleball-handling skills are average, but his first step is terrific. Gets most of his shots at the rim, where he is a very good finisher (among the best in the league actually). Uses his explosive leaping ability and outstanding extension to rise above the defense and dunk the ball in traffic. Shows solid touch at the rim when he cant dunk the ball. Gets to the free throw line at an excellent rate, but doesnt shoot a good percentage. Put up great numbers as a slasher in Orlando before getting injuries. Still trying to round back into form. Moves extremely well without the ball. Does a good job of getting up the floor in transition and reading his teammates in half court sets. Good offensive rebounder. Doesnt turn the ball over and shows solid passing ability. Has shown potential, but needs to find the right atmosphere for his offensive skills. Doesnt get many opportunities at this point. Still a fairly efficient guy, which helps.
Defense: A versatile defender that can defend both perimeter positions effectively. Has the lateral quickness, size, and athleticism to be a very good defender. Shows a good work ethic and a willingness to mix it up in the lane. Uses his length to make plays in passing lanes. Displays very good anticipation. One of the best in the NBA per-minute at coming up with steals. Doesnt block a lot of shots or commit many fouls, but does a good job contesting shots. Will box out and pursue rebounds at a terrific rate. Possesses all the physical tools necessary to be a great defender in extended minutes, but will have to improve in other areas to get more than rotation minutes.
Offense: One of the most prolific offensive players ever. Makes shots from everywhere. Gets about a third of his offensive one-on-one, with fast breaks, pick and rolls, spot ups, and post ups accounting for another tenth each. Very efficient scorer. Fantastic shooting stroke. Can make shots frequently without his feet set and falling away. Equally consistent off the dribble. Great catch and shoot player. Tremendous finisher at the rim. Seems to hang in the air for days before putting the ball up. Gets to the free throw line at a great rate, and converts between 80-85% once there. Possibly the best in the league at creating his own shot. Knows how to use fakes to get open looks from the midrange in. Almost impossible to stop one-on-one. Great ball handler, going either left or right. Has no trouble running the point and getting in the lane. Very good passer as well. Creates shot for his teammates with ease, thanks to his terrific feel for the game. Very good in the post as well. Will punish mismatches down there on a regular basis. Dominant in almost every aspect of the game. Takes over when it counts. Can will his team to victory. Ridiculous killer instinct. At times takes too much upon himself and freezes teammates out. Doesnt always know his limitations. Shot-selection isnt always the best. Will settle for some extremely difficult attempts, particularly from beyond the arc, which hurts his 3-point percentages. Has been criticized for being overly dominant and a bit selfish at times, but has learned to involve his teammates more consistently as career went on.
Defense: Easily the best perimeter defender on the Los Angeles roster. Absolutely great when he wants to be. Will get in his mans jersey, stay low, and move his feet to make his man give the ball up. Shows very good lateral quickness and the ability to hawk the ball. Possesses enough strength to defend his man in the post as well. Always gets a hand up on jump shooters. Displays great timing and anticipation when shooting into passing lanes for deflections. Will look to block shots when he sees his teammates get beat. Rebounds at a high rate. Excellent across the board.
Offense: A developing offensive center who can get by on effort, athleticism, and vastly improved awareness at this point. Gets most of his offensive from post ups, off of cuts, and from offensive rebounds. Will make some plays running the pick and roll as well. Catches everything thrown to him around the rim. Doesnt show much of a jump shot. Establishes deep position in the post thanks to his excellent frame. Pretty effective over both shoulders in the post. Developing a nice left hand. Shows much better touch than he did early in his career. Needs to improve his footwork and not settle for tough shots when hes unable to get deep enough inside. Not bad at putting the ball on the floor once or twice. Extremely nimble and agile. Will pull off some devastating moves at times. Not very turnover prone all things considered. Great offensive rebounder. Length and agility make him a force here. Very good at moving to the open spot by the rim and catching alley oop passes for easy buckets. Gets a lot of dunks by virtue of his teammates. Sets solid screens, and rolls to the rim looking to finish. Becoming an effective offensive player, but is still only scratching the surface of what he can be.
Defense: A difference maker on the defensive end due to his ability to alter shots in the paint. Has the lateral quickness and leaping ability to be a very good shot blocker, but has the potential to be great. Will step out and hedge the pick and roll when he has to. Length and agility allows him to contest everything. A bit foul prone around the rim, but thats to be expected from a center his age. Improving there at a rapid pace. Displays outstanding rebounding ability, and can go outside of his area to clean the glass. Has the potential to be a force as he continues to gain experience. Needs to learn to go straight up and develop the anticipation and awareness to maximize his incredible physical assets. Understanding of team defensive concepts is not very developed at this point. Lives off his instincts a little too much. Still very young here.
Offense: A great shooter who does a good job running the point and moving the ball in the flow of the triangle offense. Gets most of his touches as a spot up shooter, but is also capable of pushing the break and running the pick and roll. Very efficient. Great catch and shoot player, one of the leagues best. Very impressive shooting stroke. Displays great elevation, range, and arc. Equally consistent shooter off the dribble. Very good from mid-range. Good ball handler, but doesnt get all the way inside the paint all that often. Not a good finisher at all once there. Tremendous foul shooter. Gets to the line at an average clip. Very smart player. Doesnt get his teammates open, but will move the ball well. Not turnover prone. Brings a veteran presence to an offense. Very clutch. Great asset due to his efficiency, experience and perimeter shooting ability.
Defense: One of his teams best defenders due to his mix of experience, effort, and smarts. Isnt the biggest or quickest player, but displays solid lateral quickness. Hawks the ball extremely well despite not being as fast as many of the players he defends. Very quick hands. Will strip the ball when his man exposes it. Will capitalize on inexperienced players. Does a tremendous job rotating to stop drives and recovering when the ball is skipped. Great at stepping in and taking charges. Competes on every possession, making him a very formidable defensive matchup.
Offense: The Lakers used Gasol as their primary low-post threat, where he utilizes his terrific touch to knock down jump-hooks with either hand, show excellent footwork on his drop-step move, beat guys off the dribble facing up from the mid-post, or even get flashy with a pretty running hook shot. He has a quick first step, and is very fluid and agile, allowing him to read defenses and react to what his defender throws at him and improvise intelligently. He is also excellent at cutting off the ball and rolling to the basket on the pick and roll, where his terrific hands, agility and ability to finish at the rim (where he ranks as one of the best in the NBA) make him a real asset. Gasol gets to the free throw line at a high rate, and converts a sparkling 80% of his attempts once there. He is also an excellent passer, amongst the best bigs in the league in assists. He can also step out and knock mid-range jumpers at a solid rate, and is particularly effective from 14-18 feet. If needed, he can even hit an international range 3-pointer.
Defense: Gasol has terrific tools to get the job done on this end of the floor, as he has great size, length and agilityallowing him to cover either the 4 or the 5 spots with varying degrees of success at the NBA level. He is quick enough to hedge screens on the perimeter and shows very good lateral quickness for a 7-footer. His length is a big asset in terms of contesting shots, and he is capable of playing fairly solid on-ball defense when he puts his mind to it. Gasol lacks the bulk to defend some of the heavier back to the basket matchups hell encounter at times, giving up position in the low post and getting outmuscled. He lacks a degree of intensity and hustle closing out shooters and is not the fiery type who will throw his body in harms way. He can block shots at a decent rate and is also a solid rebounder, although hes not what you could call a beast in either category. Considering his excellent physical attributes and feel for the game, Gasol is still a very useful player to have on this end of the floor, although he could probably be even better.
Offense: Not a skilled player by any stretch of the imagination. Will always be his teams 5th option offensively. Can run the floor extremely well, set massive screens, and finish around the basket. Hands are solid, and incredible size, length and explosiveness gives him terrific extension around the basket. Will make an open 12-foot jumper from time to timehas expanded this part of his game considerably. Will blow the open layup occasionally, as his coordination/reflexes offensively are just average, but still seems to be progressing slowly but surely. Has no footwork or post-moves inside, and no left-hand, making him completely reliant on others to create offense for him. Understanding of the game is nothing to write home about, but hes gotten much better.
Defense: Can make a huge impact, thanks to his outstanding physical tools alone. Size, strength and gigantic wingspan make him an imposing hurdle inside. Works hard and really competes on this end of the floor. Can play an enforcer type role on the floor, dishing out pain Has solid timing going after blocked shots, and finds a good deal of success as an intimidator. Recovery speed rotating from the weakside is tremendous. Not quite as good when forced to guard on the perimeter. Quick enough to hedge screens, but awareness of team defense leaves something to be desired. Was incredibly foul prone earlier on his career, has managed to cut down on his blind hacks and biting for pump-fakes, but still runs into problems here at times. All in all not a bad guy to bring off the bench.
Offense: A solid offensive player who has seen his potential depleted by injuries. Gets almost half of his offense in the post, but will also make some hustle plays on the offensive glass and moving off the ball. Solid shooting stroke, but could become much more consistent from mid-range still. Wont do a lot of dribbling. Nice hands and very good touch around the basket. Can catch and finish and is solid on the pick and roll. A bit too predictable in the post. Turns over his left shoulder almost exclusively. Could definitely stand to work on his left hand. Struggles to establish position deep in the post due to his just-average strength. More of a finesse player. Not terribly tough or explosive around the rim. Needs to work on use fakes to finish without space. Average foul shooter. Very good at running the pick and roll. Nice skill set for a center, but still needs polish.
Defense: Tries to play defense, but is very foul prone. Not going to help his team out a great deal on this end. Takes himself out of games by hacking shooters at the rim. Makes some plays as a shot blocker, but needs to learn to go straight up and be more selective. Will get pushed around by strong offensive players from time to time. This is especially true when he is rebounding. Makes an effort to box out, but isnt quite strong enough to maintain position. Does a good job defending the pick and roll for a big man.
Offense: Gets almost fifty percent of his offensive touches off of spot ups. Gets another twenty percent from offensive rebounds. Has a decent, but largely inconsistent jump shot. Can hit from the outside, but needs time and space. Doesnt shoot the same shot every time. Needs to improve his footwork and his release point to get better in that regard. Loves to drive right, but doesnt score efficiently when he does. Isnt a good shooter off the dribble. Not a good ball handler. Cant create his own shot. Works hard off the ball. Runs the floor hard on most possessions. Gets on the offensive glass. Can shoot well from the line, but is very streaky. Doesnt handle the ball very well and cant create his own shot. Isnt much of a passer either.
Defense: Is a prototypical effort defender. Moves his feet well on the defensive end. Will follow his man all over the floor. Refuses to give up easy dribble penetration. Always sprints back on the defensive end. Has a hard time defending players with post skills and wings with elite foot speed. Tends to use his hands to deny penetration when he knows hes beat. Will rebound when he has to.
Offense: A very versatile player who gets offense from spot ups, fast breaks, isolations, post ups, offensive boards, and by moving without the ball. Can play virtually every position on the offensive end due to his vast array of skills. Possesses a smooth lefty jumper with inconsistent range out past the three point line. Decent catch and shoot player. Average shooter off the dribble. Great ball handler. A real mismatch facing the basket and taking power forwards off the dribble, especially in the early offense. Tremendous court vision and passing ability. Likes to get to the rim when driving left, much better here than going right. Solid finisher around the rim. Good transition player. Can score in the post, especially on the left block. Very capable distributor and high post player. Brings a lot to the table due to his ability to create matchup problems in almost every scenario. Decision making isnt always the best.
Defense: A very talented defender who can matchup with a few different positions. Can guard both forward spots effectively, but is also able to defend most guards when he gets switched onto them. Will block some shots around the rim, play passing lanes, and make an effort to collect loose balls. Length helps him stay in front of his man and create turnovers. Will box out and grab a lot of reboundswhich is one of his strong points. Very capable on the defensive end. Plays more aggressive defense than offense. Commits quite a few fouls.
Offense: Gets most of his shots as a spot up shooter, but will also float to the perimeter in transition and move without the ball if he sees an opportunity to get an easy basket. Tremendously consistent shooting stroke. Makes a killing from the right corner. One of the best catch and shoot players in the game. Solid shooter off the dribble, but most players can force him to give the ball up if he puts it on the floor. Always gets his feet set and readies himself to receive the ball. Good footwork when spotting up. Wont make an effort to pursue offensive rebounds. Good passer, but will turn the ball over when he over-dribbles when looking for space. Almost never gets to the free throw line. Solid foul shooter once there. Not very explosive vertically, and doesnt go up strong at the rim. Little bit soft in general. Has nothing even resembling a post game. Fills his role well, but has the potential to be a more complete player.
Defense: A mediocre defender who doesnt have the physical tools to get by at his effort level. Doesnt do a good job containing penetration or contesting shots. Will take risks, but does manage to create some turnovers. Wont block many shots despite his size. Very poor rebounder for his position. Needs to give a better effort to be more effective. Commits a lot of fouls given his style of play, but most of them are at the rim, which isnt necessarily a bad thing.
Offense: A talented swingman who plays a very efficient offensive game. Gets most of his shots off of spot ups, but will also push the ball in transition and run off of screens to get open. Over 55% of his field goal attempts come from behind the arc. Another 15% or so come from mid-range. Displays a smooth shooting stroke. Will knock down his open threes. One of the best in the league on the catch and shoot. Very solid shooter off the dribble as well. Pretty good finisher at the rim. Very opportunistic. Good ball handler. Takes very good care of the ball. Doesnt telegraph passes. Always looks to get his teammates involved. Ideal complimentary player, since he knows his role and sticks to it. Isnt going to break down the defense and kick the ball out. Will make smart decisions on the perimeter and swing the ball to the open man. Once known as more of a combo guard coming into the league, but developed into almost strictly an off-ball player. Rarely gets all the way to the basket. Doesnt get to the line much.
Defense: A solid defender who makes an effort, but isnt the type of athlete that can shut down an opponent, and suffers from a very poor wingspan (6-5 1/2). Has the size (6-6 ¾ in shoes), smarts and intensity to do a good job for the most part, though. Moves his feet well enough to stay in front of most players. Does a good job making ball handlers change direction despite his lack of ideal lateral quickness. Will get beaten by stronger players when they can get a step on him, but will try his best to recover. Has trouble fighting through screens at times. Very intense defender who really tries to get in his opponents face. Capable rebounder for his position. Does the little things that allow him to maximize his tools.
Offense: Gets about one third of his offense as a spot up shooter. Hasnt improved that part of his game enough since entering the League. Below average in catch and shoot situations and particularly off the dribble. Can make a 3-pointer if he has significant time and space to get it off. Does a good job in post up situations and will make some plays by moving off the ball as well. Decent finisher at the rim. Displays very good touch at the basket. Tremendous feel on the offensive end. Gets recognition for setting up his teammates with incredibly creative passes. Makes plays with his head. Shows great court vision. Knows how to be in the right place at the right time. Average ball-handler, doesnt get to the free throw line at a great rate. Needs to improve his free throw shooting.
Defense: An average defender who will make a few plays by virtue of his basketball IQ, but isnt athletic enough to match up with most players at this position on a regular basis. Has a poor wingspan relative to his height (6-9 in shoes) at just 6-8 ½. Will strip shooters and make plays on the ball by anticipating and reacting. Doesnt always have the lateral quickness to keep up with more athletic small forwards. Competes, but can get overpowered by many power forwards. Does a solid job using his body to deny penetration, but wont always get the job done. Will box out and grab rebounds, but wont grab many out of his area.