Pau Gasol is the latest Bulls player to earn an NBA Honor
CHICAGO — It’s not just Jimmy Butler who is picking up postseason awards from the NBA this May. Pau Gasol got an honor, too. On Thursday. the Bulls forward was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
Gasol joins Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings on the NBA’s Second Team. Pau’s brother Marc Gasol was named to the league’s first team along with Stephen Curry, LeBron James, James Harden, and Chicago native Anthony Davis.
This is the second time that Gasol has received this honor, doing so with the Lakers during the 2011 season. Gasol was also an NBA All-Star for the fifth time in his career in 2015.
During his first season with the Bulls, Gasol averaged 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in 78 regular season games. In the first round playoff series against the Bucks, Gasol had the same rebounding average while scoring 16.3 points over the six-game series.
Gasol was doing well in the second round against the Cavaliers until a hamstring injury hampered his play in Game 3. He’d miss Game 4 and both Bulls losses before returning short of 100 percent in Game 6. In 24 minutes, he scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds as the Bulls were eliminated by Cleveland.