The NBA did not know how to value it: Gabriel Deck was vital in Real Madrid's title in the ACB League

The NBA did not know how to value it: Gabriel Deck was vital in Real Madrid's title in the ACB League

Gabriel Deck was very important in the ACB League Finals to help Real Madrid win another domestic title. The Argentine went from being cut by OKC in the NBA in January 2022, to being a key player in the Spanish team

The NBA did not know how to value it: Gabriel Deck was vital in the title. title of Real Madrid in the ACB League

Gabriel Deck returned to Real Madrid to win another ACB League title | Photo: EFE/

With six minutes and twenty seconds remaining in the last quarter, Gabriel Deck had not scored any points in the fourth game of the ACB League final against Barcelona. With more than 25 minutes on the court until then —he played almost 32—, the Argentine contributed with rebounds, blocks, assists and good defense. In the NBA, ‘Turtle’He would have been criticized very harshly for his “lack of offensive ability.” In Pablo Laso's team, the native of Colonia Dora was vital in a game that gave Real Madrid the league title.

Based on the roster, the one so revered in the NBA, Gabriel DeckHe finished with seven points in 31:58 minutes. A “very low” amount for a versatile forward who can play in the paint and on the perimeter. However, he also contributed with five rebounds and three assists. All quantified through statistics.

The NBA did not know how to value it : Gabriel Deck was vital in Real Madrid's title in the ACB League

Gabriel Deck became champion with Real Madrid/

Why was he the player with the second most minutes on the pitch at Real Madrid? For his ability to understand basketball. The Argentine had just scored 14 points —Madrid's top scorer— in the victory against Barcelona in the third game. However, he recognized that for this fourth duel, his role would be relevant on the defensive side: bothering rivals, covering players who entered the basket and stealing or deflecting balls.

In attack he was very intelligent in this decisive duel against the classic rival: he found a connection with Walter 'Edy' Tavares playing low post-high post, taking advantage of the fact that the center was dominating the rival players. The Cape Verde-born was the game's top scorer with 25 points and 13 rebounds. He was later honored with the ACB Finals MVP trophy.

Multiple times , the play seemed traced: Deck posting up to receive the ball with an advantage in the low post. Then two or three dribbles, dipping the body to get closer to the rim and immediately a pass to Tavares at the midpost to score or be fouled. And that play took on greater dimension in the last quarter, when they repeated it on more than one occasion.

And the Argentine had the pleasure of scoring the last basket. He didn't shout it as much as an assist to Tavares in the middle of the 4Q, but you could tell inside he was enjoying it. After a good pass from Vincent Poirier, Gabriel attacked the rim unopposed to end the final with a splendid dunk. After that, there was no time for much more and Real Madrid won its thirty-sixth ACB League title.

As you remember , Gabriel Deck was released by OKC in January 2022. After being removed from the rotation by coach Mark Daigneault, the franchise decided to void his contract, releasing him from it. In the NBA they did not value his style of play and preferred to “develop” young talents. Given this, 'Tortuga' was requested by Pablo Laso at the Real Madrid and months later, the Argentine repaid the coach's confidence with a great performance in the ACB League Finals.

The NBA did not know how to value it : Gabriel Deck was vital in Real Madrid's title in the ACB League

Gabriel Deck was cut in January by OKC

Causeur and Yabusele, other Madrid heroes

I don't want to miss out on Fabien Causeur's tremendous performance. In the absence of a natural point guard, the Frenchman took the lead in important moments, managing Real Madrid's times. He was in charge of liquidating the game with two key actions in the last quarter: double and foul with 1:51 to play in the 4Q to take an 8-point lead and a great three-pointer to close the game a few seconds later.

And the other Frenchman, Guerschon Yabusele, who finished with four points and four rebounds, also understood that the final was on the defensive side: he limited Nikola Mirotić to only 14 points, reducing Barcelona's chances of winning the fourth game and extending the final to five games.