Whether by numbers, sensations or what has been achieved, there are few doubts in the LEB Gold League about the name of the most decisive player of the season. Because doubts about Marc Gasol’s adaptation to the category were resolved in just a few minutes with his overwhelming debut in Fontajau against Levitec Huesca. The first step towards a historic promotion that seemed unthinkable at the time and that ended up becoming a reality on that magical night of June 19 in the Final Four played in Fontajau.
That the presence of Marc Gasol on the Bàsquet Girona roster was going to serve to completely change the dynamics of the team was something that could fall under its own weight, but winning promotion to the Endesa League was the fruit of a perfect script and that surely he would have signed the one from Sant Boi on his first day in the other office. And it is that his “descent” from the offices to the track at the end of November directed all the lights towards the Fontajau parquet to settle on the figure of a player who dominated from minute one. His overwhelming first match against Levitec Huesca La Magia was the first demonstration of character and, from that moment, they did not stop coming.
Because just a small muscle injury a few weeks later could stop a player with double figures and thirty points in PIR for a few days so that his team went from fighting for permanence after seven consecutive defeats, to reaching fourth place at the end of the Regular League. A point in which the ban was opened to dream and in which Marc was able to extract the most productive version of himself on both sides of the track based on quality, but above all, based on character. Even more so when the club was designated as the organizer of a Final Four that was going to end up being historic for them.
Two toss-up encounters in which Marc once again served as the MVP of the Girona squad to return the city of Girona to that place from which it should never have left, an Endesa League that was the best possible prize for a player given to a project, the most “romantic” project in the history of the LEB Gold League.
Thus, the National MVP and the Absolute MVP of the category went into the background before the magnitude of what was achieved.
Ideal quintet of the season:
11 Ideal Quintets: J.10 / J.16 / J.21 / J.22 / J.25 / J.27 / J.29 / J.32 / J.33 / CJ.3 / Final Four
6 MVPs: J.10 / J.16 / J.28 / J.29 / CJ.3 / Final Four
Titles and awards:
– Promotion to the Endesa League in the Final Four
– MVP of the Girona Final Four
– Absolute MVP of the Regular League
– National MVP of the Regular League
– MVP of Days 10, 16, 28, 28 and CJ.3
– Most valued player in the Regular League (23.45)
– Eighth highest scorer in the Regular League (14.8)
– Top rebounder in the Regular League (8.6)
– Seventh player with the most fouls received (4.55)
– Second best scorer from the 3P line (46.15)
Season statistics – Marc Gasol:
Games played: 25
Assists: 2.6 pp
Fouls received: 4.6 pp
Sports career – Marc Gasol:
Training: Llor Sports School
1997/99: FC Barcelona (Children)
1999/01: FC Barcelona (Udets)
2001/03: Lausanne Collegiate School (USA)
2003/05: Winterthur FC Barcelona (EBA League and Endesa League)
2005/06: WTC Cornellá (LEB Silver)
2005/06: Winterthur FC Barcelona (Endesa League)
2006/08: Akasvayu Girona (Endesa League)
2008/19: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA-USA)
2019/20: Toronto Raptors (NBA-USA)
2020/21: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA – USA)
2021/22: Basketball Girona (LEB Gold)
Honorable Mention: Nick Ward (Leyma Coruna)
He showed his ways already during the preseason with a series of games full of quality, dominated the competition on his first day with a well-deserved MVP and grabbed all eyes with several ideal quintets during the first round of competition. In this way, center Nick Ward served as one of the most powerful players in the championship for a few months before the star of Michael Carrera or Marc Gasol himself began to shine brightly, attracting attention. Despite this, Ward managed to maintain his physical game and his numbers to lead his Leyma Coruña to the Playoffs for promotion in which he had his first experience in the category. An impactful debut that has left a great taste in the mouths of fans who dream of being able to see it repeat at Riazor.
Honorable Mention: Oliver Arteaga (Unicaja Banco Oviedo)
Years go by and Oliver Arteaga continues to be one of the most dominant centers in the LEB Gold League. And this time, even having to overcome the physical discomfort he suffered during the final stretch of the season and that prevented him from being able participate in the first matches of the Playoffs for promotion. Despite this, the Canarian center can boast of having been -for another year- one of the most dominant players in a competition in which he has already broken the historical records for blocks and rebounds and in which his ability to dominate the game under The hoops have been essential for the growth of the Oviedo team. A film with a good number of precedents behind it and that will have a new version during the next course after its renewal by the Asturian group.