Marc Gasol the Young Arvydas Sabonis?



Today, several people have compared the games of Marc Gasol to Arvydas Sabonis, the Lithuanian injury prone star.  First, Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat Coach, was asked what he thought were some of the biggest surprises of the young NBA season.  He said that he was impressed with the production of Marc Gasol and compared him to Sabonis.  

Next, Zach Randolph in a fantastic interview with Chris Vernon, which you should listen to here if you haven’t already heard it, called Gasol “young Sabonis.”  Their games have many similarities.  They both are highly skilled 7 footers that can shoot, pass and rebound.  

After watching highlight videos of both, I have to admit several of their signature moves are eerily similar.  They each had the running hook in the lane and a similar jumper, but the greatest similarity is how they pass out of the post.  They each palm the ball and find the open man in creative ways that most big men just can’t seem to do.  Here are the two videos decide for yourself if the comparison is accurate.