Juan Carlos Navarro

Juan Carlos Navarro’s career started in 1997, as he was taken by Barcelona when he was only 17 years old. Throughout his career, Navarro developed into an icon for the club, as he won many personal and team achievements over the years. He won three titles in 2003, when Barcelona managed to get all the trophies that were possible in that year – the league, the Spanish Cup and the EuroLeague. Navarro has 8 league titles in total, 6 Spanish Cups, 5 Spanish Supercups and 2 EuroLeagues. He also adds some personal trophies to his resume, as he won the Spanish Supercup MVP for three times, the Spanish League MVP in 2006, the Spanish League Finals MVP for three times, the EuroLeague MVP in 2009 and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP in 2010. That’s pretty impressive, but it’s not all that he accomplished, because he also have a few milestones completed, such as the EuroLeague all-time leader in games played, the EuroLeague all-time leading scorer, the EuroLeague all-time leader in Performance Index Rating, the EuroLeague all-time leader in field goals made and the EuroLeague all-time leader in three-pointers made. He also has some Scoring Titles both in the domestic league and in Europe. Barcelona retired his jersey after he ended his career and made him a legend of them and a legend of the European basketball.

As for the international achievements with Spain, he has a total of 10 medals, 3 of them gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze. The biggest achievement of his international career was the FIBA World Cup gold medal, achieved in 2006 in Japan.

Juan Carlos Navarro gave it a try in the NBA, as well, so he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007, making the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 10,9 PPG. Even though he showed that he could be a good player for the Grizzlies, in the summer of 2018 Juan signed a four-year contract with his former team from Spain, Barcelona, and there was the place where he ended his career.

Andrei Dilean