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San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol is EuroBasket’s all-time leading scorer

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 29: San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol attends the press during the presentation of Pau Gasol Academy 2017 at Cafe NBA on June 29, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 29: San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol attends the press during the presentation of Pau Gasol Academy 2017 at Cafe NBA on June 29, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol recently became EuroBasket’s all-time leading scorer.

Multiple members of the San Antonio Spurs are involved in the 2017 EuroBasket tournament. Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne are showcasing their talents for Latvia and France, respectively, while Pau Gasol is on display for Team Spain.

Gasol has been around basketball for nearly 20 years, if his pre-NBA days in Europe are counted. He entered the Association in the 2001 NBA Draft and remained a solid presence at power forward ever since.

During this time, Gasol’s European presence remained in the EuroBasket tournament. He found success, too, so much that he became EuroBasket’s all-time leading scorer on Thursday, at 1,033 career points. This passed fellow Spur, Tony Parker, who’s not part of the 2017 tournament, due to a torn quad he suffered in the NBA playoffs.

?? With this basket @PauGasol became the new FIBA #EuroBasket All-Time leading scorer!

#LegendGasol #EuroBasket2017 pic.twitter.com/fq0yy3KkY8

— FIBA (@FIBA) September 7, 2017

This achievement came just two years after Parker set the record, at 1,032 points.

It’s a terrific moment for Gasol, who continues to build his résumé as one of the best big men of this generation. This started with the Memphis Grizzlies, winning two championships for the Los Angeles Lakers, two productive seasons with the Chicago Bulls, and currently the Spurs.

Gasol will be back in San Antonio for a second season. He opted out of his contract in July, but re-signed for three more years, with a partial guarantee for the final season. That means it’s safe to expect the Spanish star to stick around until the 2019 offseason, before the organization makes a decision on his future (or a potential trade beforehand).

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Gasol will enter his age-37 season in 2017-18. He’s coming off 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 2016-17, along with 1.1 blocks per game.

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