He can shoot from deep
Somehow, someway, big men continue to improve their shooting.
It’s creating a new generation of valuable centers like Brook Lopez, Aron Baynes, and Marc Gasol. They’ve continued and even taken their careers to new heights because of their ability to shoot from behind the arc.
As for Gasol, during the first eight years of his career, he shot 66 threes. His ninth season in the league was when every changed. It seemed like overnight Gasol became a competent three-point shooter.
Take it a step further, and he’s now averaging 1.4 threes per game, just 0.1 shy of his career-high. Gasol has used his three-point shooting as a way to stay relevant in an NBA that isn’t oftentimes kind to aging stars.
His ability to shoot from deep and play defense is exactly what Golden State thought they’d get in DeMarcus Cousins. Now, it’s time for them to go out and get it, and his three-ball is a perfect example of what makes him such a solid player.