Toronto Raptors centre Marc Gasol (33) celebrates his three point basket against the Orlando Magic during second half NBA basketball playoff action in Toronto, on Saturday, April 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse praised big man Marc Gasol for making the difference for the team on both ends of the floor.

“He does everything well that a point guard can do, everything well that can be done in his position. In everything: in offense, in defense. He contributes a lot every day, he works hard.

He gives us a lot, not only in defense. His versatility in offense is also very important, his reading of the game… Many times I tell my players to start the attacks simply by giving him the ball,” Nurse said, per AS.

Nurse and Gasol led the Raptors to the 2019 NBA title.