With Kobe Bryant out for the foreseeable future, Pau Gasol was supposed to be the No. 1 option for the Los Angeles Lakers to begin the season. Many wondered if the center would recapture his once-dominant form in a wide-open Mike D’Antoni offense.
Thus far, the results have been spotty.
Gasol’s work on the glass has been there through the first five games, averaging an impressive 10.4 rebounds in just 27 minutes of play. The ability to score has been another story, however, as his touch from inside and out has come and gone. He has averaged 14.6 points on just 40.9 percent shooting from the field – terrible by his standards or any big man, for that matter. He reached a low point on Tuesday on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, managing just 10 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time.