Jorge Garbajosa Chaparro Jr. (born December 19, 1977), is a Spanish former professional basketball player and the current president of the Spanish Basketball Federation. Standing at 2.07 m (6 ft 9 1⁄2 in), he played both power forward and small forward. He was an All-EuroLeague first team selection in 2003, and an All-EuroLeague second team selection in 2006, while playing for Unicaja. During his stint in the NBA, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2007. A serious injury the following season cut his NBA career short, and he never truly recovered until his retirement.
Garbajosa with the Toronto Raptors in 2007 during a preseason game in Italy
|Born||December 19, 1977|
Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|2008–2009||Khimki Moscow Region|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
As a member of the senior Spanish national team, Garbajosa won a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2001 and two silver medals at the EuroBasket 2003 and 2007. His biggest accomplishment however, was the gold medal at the 2006 World Cup, where his stellar play earned him All-tournament honors. In 2006, Garbajosa was named Mr Europa Player of the year by Italian weekly magazine SuperBasket.
Garbajosa then spent four seasons at Benetton Treviso between 2000 and 2004 under future Toronto Raptors Vice-President and Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini and New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. He won two Italian National Cups, two Italian Super Cups and two Italian League championships with Benetton and averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and a EuroLeague-best 2.85 steals per game, en route to All-EuroLeague 2002–03 First Team honors, and being named the 2003 Eurobasket.com Player of the Year.
Garbajosa spent his next two seasons (2004–06) with Unicaja, helping them to win the 2005–06 Spanish League championship and Spanish Cup. He was in the top 15 in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game) in the 2005–06 EuroLeague season, and averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds domestically, in 42 Spanish league outings, shooting 55% from the field and 81% from the free throw line. Garbajosa was also the 2005 Spanish Cup MVP, and the 2006 Spanish League Finals MVP, and earned All-EuroLeague Second Team honors.
Overall, in his 11 seasons with the three clubs, Garbajosa had regular-season averages of 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 362 Spanish national domestic league games, and averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 105 EuroLeague games.
On July 24, 2006, the Toronto Raptors officially signed Garbajosa to a three-year contract amounting to about US$12 million. He wore number 15 for the Raptors, previously worn by ex-Raptors star Vince Carter. Given his pedigree, Garbajosa was a regular starter at the forward position. For the first half of the season, Garbajosa was instrumental in driving the Raptors past the .500 mark and he was awarded Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours in December 2006.
On March 26, 2007, Garbajosa suffered an injury to his left leg during a regular-season matchup against the Boston Celtics. The injury was serious, as he was carried out on a stretcher in considerable pain. Doctors in Toronto performed surgery to repair a broken fibula, a displaced ankle and ligament damage. Because his recovery time was estimated to be in the range of six months, he was forced to miss the rest of the season and the entire post-season. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game after 67 appearances in his debut season for the Raptors. Garbajosa and Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.
Garbajosa returned to play with the Raptors for the 2007–08 season, but after meeting with a specialist on November 26, he chose to have further surgery on his leg and ankle. The operation took place on December 11, 2007.
In June 2008, negotiations took place in an attempt by the Raptors to buy out the remaining year of his contract. Garbajosa had previously been named to the Spanish Olympic basketball squad for 2008, against the wishes of the Raptors. On June 18, 2008, the Raptors officially bought out Garbajosa's contract.
While playing for the Raptors, his nickname was "The Garbage Man."
Return to EuropeEdit
In the 2008 off-season, Garbajosa signed a two-year, €6 million net income contract with the Russian Super League club Khimki Moscow Region, giving him one of the most expensive contracts in Europe. The next year, however, he was allowed to terminate his contract in order to return to Spain to sign with Real Madrid. The transfer was announced by the club after weeks of speculation on August 15, 2009. In 2011, Garbajosa and Real Madrid reached an agreement to rescind the player's contract. In March 2011, he signed with Unicaja. In May 2012, he decided to end his career.
Spanish national teamEdit
Garbajosa was a member of the senior Spanish national teams that participated in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. He also won a bronze medal at the 2001 EuroBasket, and a silver medal at the 2003 EuroBasket.
On September 3, 2006, Garbajosa and the Spanish national team won the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, he scored a game high 20 points and collected 10 rebounds in the final against the Greek national team. He averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in the tournament. In addition to winning the gold medal, Garbajosa made the All-Tournament team, along with teammate Pau Gasol.
At the 2007 EuroBasket, Garbajosa again featured for the Spanish team. He averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game, in the nine games he played, but Spain lost 59–60 to the Russian national team in the final. He went on to win a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and a gold medal at the 2009 EuroBasket.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Led the league|
- Euroleague.net Profile
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- Game card Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine, eurobasket2007.org, 16 September 2007, accessed 17 September 2007.