Pau Gasolís performance this season is starting to go from all-star worthy to first team All-NBA-esque.
Gasolís latest standout game came at the expense of Golden State on the weekend. The Spaniard shot 10-for-10 from the field and made all eight of his free throws, while also gobbling up nine rebounds, blocking four shots and dishing out five assists in Los Angelesí 28-point win.
With Gasol leading the way, the 12-2 Lakers are near the top of the league in rebounding and field goal percentage and are scoring more than 10 points a night more than their opponents.
His dominance is allowing Kobe Bryant to play less of a role in the offence and less minutes in general, which surely will help the two-time defending champs when the playoffs roll around.
With centre Andrew Bynum due back in about a month the question now is, do the Lakers even need him?
Gasol will have to adapt to a move back to the power forward spot when Bynum returns. It is hard to see the position suiting him as well as full-time employment at centre has.