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San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol passes Robinson on scoring list

Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Pau Gasol made history during the San Antonio Spurs loss to Portland on Saturday evening.

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the current state of the San Antonio Spurs. At one point in his career, center Pau Gasol was one of the most dominant bigs in the game. He was one of few players capable of holding his ground in the many battles he had with legend Tim Duncan.

Now at 38-years-old, Gasol is rising up the all-time ranks. In San Antonio’s 121-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Gasol scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to reach No. 38 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. To make matters more interesting, Gasol surpassed San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson, who finished his career with 20,790 points

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As time has passed, the legacy left by Robinson has been overshadowed by that of Duncan and the other legends that followed. Injuries plagued ‘the Admiral’ continuously over his 14 seasons in the NBA. If not for his durability issues, Robinson would’ve been much higher on this list. During his peak, Robinson was one of the most dominant two-way players to ever hit the hardwood.

For his career, Robinson averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and three blocks per contest.

Gasol has built his legacy across multiple levels of the game. As arguably the most successful Spanish player in the history of the game, Gasol is a near lock for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. He is one of seven active players to score 20,000 points or more in their career.

Now in his 18th season, Gasol has put up a career-stat line of 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He’s reached the All Star game six times and has made four All-NBA teams.

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He’s currently 89 points behind power forward Bob Pettit for No. 37 on the All-Time scoring list. At the level that he’s currently performing at, Gasol should reach that next milestone by December.

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