Regal FC Barcelona guard Juan Carlos Navarro added another milestone to his outstanding career by joining Euroleague Basketball’s exclusive 2,000-point club on Thursday. Navarro reached his new achievement shortly after halftime against Alba Berlin at the o2 Arena in the German capital, site of this season’s Final Four. Appropriately, Navarro nailed a three-pointer from the top on his first shot of the third quarter to match the 2,000 mark exactly. He went over it with free throws a few plays later. Navarro's milestone came the same week that Theodoros Papaloukas of Olympiacos his 700th assist of the decade and Sarunas Jasikevicius of Panathinaikos his 500th. They rank first and fourth, respectively, on the list of the best passers since 2000. Nikola Vujcic, second on the rebounds list, crossed over the 900 mark in that category to reach 905.
Navarro becomes the sixth player to achieve the feat and the fourth to do so this season. Navarro entered the game with 1,992 career points, 30 fewer than injured teammate Jaka Lakovic, who reached the milestone in November. Also scoring their 2,000th point this season were CSKA Moscow guard J.R. Holden and Olympiacos center Nikola Vujcic. Marcus Brown of Maccabi Electra is the all-time leading scorer with 2,467 points entering Thursday’s games. The next two players closest to reaching 2,000 are also Barcelona players: Gianluca Basile (1,832) and David Andersen (1,785).
Navarro has played his entire Euroleague career in Barcelona. He helped the club win the 2003 Euroleague in their home city and is a two-time All-Euroleague first-team selection. Among his other career highlights are winning the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships and the silver at the 2008 Olympic Games with the Spanish national team, plus four Spanish League championship and three Spanish King’s Cups with Barcelona.