Born:July 6, 1980, in Barcelona, Spain
Position:Power forward and center
Career: 2001-present (18 seasons)
Teams: Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers
Stats: 17.0 PPG, 9.2 REB, 3.2 AST, 1.6 BLK
NBA titles: 2 (2009, 2010)
Impact: Pau Gasol is one of the most accomplished international players.
The league rookie of the year in 2002, Gasol is a six-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA performer, and played a major role on two Los Angeles Lakers championship teams.
He and his younger brother Marc, who also became an NBA champion in 2019, are the sons of a doctor and a nurse. Pau entered medical school at 18, but left to pursue a basketball career.
Even with all his NBA success, Pau still is an accomplished pianist and philanthropist who regularly visits children’s hospitals. He won the annual NBA community assist award in 2012.