Gasol remains first-round fantasy bust

Updated: February 21, 2008, 12:58 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Yeah, yeah, Wednesday was the big night of debuts for recently traded NBA players, as Shaquille O'Neal looked big and slow in a loss to the Lakers, Jason Kidd got schooled by one of the two point guards averaging more assists this season than he is and, of course, Trenton Hassell looked invigorated by his deal to the Nets, playing 22 strong minutes.

Meanwhile, a guy dealt a month ago is on the best team in the league, and he's making the largest impact of any of the players dealt. It doesn't mean he's a star, however. Pau Gasol kind of sleepwalked through 39 games with the Memphis Grizzlies, even though he was scoring nearly 19 points per night and being a top-50 fantasy option. Since the dump, er, I mean trade to Los Angeles, Gasol has raised his scoring to 21.9 points per game, and shot .651 from the field. He still blocks an occasional shot, still rebounds some, and if you get extra points for what players do in their postseason, hop aboard, because Kobe's taking this team all the way.