Two rising stars in the NBA are pictured above; on the left is Marc Gasol (C/F) of the Memphis Grizzlies, and on the right is Rudy Fernandez (G) of the Trail Blazers. Both men have been getting significant playing time for Spain in Eurobasket. My question to you is this: Which one will have a better year next year, and which one will have the better career?
In his record-setting NBA debut season, Rudy set a record for most 3 pointers made in a season by a rookie (159) as well as consecutive games with at least one 3 point completion by a rookie (33) and was the first rookie to sink at least one three pointer in his first 20 games. Standing at 6'6, Rudy has an odd three point shooting motion in which he barely jumps, but used it very effectively last season, with a .399 3 Pt. percentage, second to Steve Blake on the Blazers in percentage. As a very athletic player, Rudy represented the Blazers in the Slam Dunk contest, where he was eliminated in the first round. During the season, Fernandez was given 25.6 minutes per game and averaged 10.4 points per game along with 2 assists per game. Fernandez has been played primarily at the SG position but is capable of playing PG.
Marc, the younger brother of Laker Pau Gasol, is one of the main centerpeices of the Grizzlies rebuilding project. Gasol has proved to be a steady, consistent player, scoring 11.4 PPG and 7.4 APG in 30.7 minutes per game. Towering at 7'1, Gasol is a formidable weapon on offense as well as defense, where he averaged 1.1 BPG.
Marc plays a lot more than Rudy does, and he also gets the ball more. Rudy, however, can be trusted to take the big shot as he won championships for his teams in Europe. In addition, Rudy can handle the basketball very well and pass will both pizzaz and effeciency, a key attribute in any guard. In the end, I think that Marc and Rudy will both become very sucessful players, with Marc starting for the Grizzlies for much of his career as the Center, and Rudy hopefully becoming a point guard/shooting guard for the Blazers. Next year, I think Marc is set for a better year because he will get more time and because he has a talented passer in Allen Iverson. I believe that Fernandez will have a breakout year next year, but he will not acheive as great a year as Gasol.
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