Francisco Vázquez González (Galician pronunciation: [fɾanˈθiskʊ ˈβaθkɪθ]; born May 1, 1983), more commonly known as Fran Vázquez, is a retired Spanish professional basketball player who most recently played for Zaragoza of the Liga ACB. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic in 2005, Vázquez decided to remain in the Spanish ACB League rather than enter the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Vázquez catching a rebound with Baloncesto Málaga.
|Born||May 1, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 10.25 in (2.09 m)|
|Listed weight||232 lb (105 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|Career highlights and awards|
He is the EuroLeague leader in blocked shots since the 2000–01 season, which comprises the current era of the EuroLeague, since the Euroleague Basketball Company took over the organization of the league. He is also the Spanish League's all-time leader in blocked shots.
Vázquez was selected 11th overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. He made headlines when he announced that he would remain playing in the Spanish ACB League for at least the following season, after signing for Akasvayu Girona. This came as a surprise to the Magic, who expected him to join Dwight Howard in the front court for the 2005–06 season, and it enraged many Magic fans.
Vázquez originally gave no indication that he would be returning to Europe after he was drafted, and had indicated that he would like to join the Magic. The Magic retain his NBA rights while he plays in a non-NBA League. In 2010, he signed a one-year contract extension with the EuroLeague club Barcelona.
On May 7, 2020, Vázquez announced his retirement.
Spain national teamEdit
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- EuroLeague (1):
- ACB League (Spanish League) (3)
- Spanish King's Cup (4):
- Spanish Super Cup (3):
Spanish junior national teamEdit
- Spanish King's Cup MVP (1):
- ACB League Player of the Week (5):
- ACB League Player of the Month (1):
- March (2009)
- All-ACB Team (1):
- EuroLeague leader in blocked shots since the 2000–01 season (Euroleague Basketball Company era)
- Liga ACB all-time leader in blocked shots
- Bombazo: Fran Vázquez, cuatro años al Akasvayu; AS.com, 31 July 2005 (in Spanish).
- Fran Vazquez: "I will jump to the NBA only when I feel ready".
- Barcelona, Vazquez renew deal.
- Fran Vazquez to Malaga, Alex Abrines to Barcelona.
- "Fran Vázquez ya es el máximo taponador histórico de la Liga Endesa" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- "El Iberostar Tenerife ficha a Fran Vázquez". cbcanarias.net (in Spanish). 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "ACB.COM - La leyenda de Fran Vázquez llega a Basket Zaragoza". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Comunicado oficial – Retirada de Fran Vázquez". basketzaragoza.net (in Spanish). 7 May 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- FIBA.com Profile.
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