All-Decade Nominee: Juan Carlos Navarro

Nov 06, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

The biggest basketball legend in FC Barcelona's history, Juan Carlos Navarro, started the 2010s in the best way possible – lifting the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophy as the 2010 Final Four MVP, the only Spanish player yet to have won that prestigious award. Navarro would lead Barcelona to three more Final Four appearances – in 2012, 2013 and 2014 – but could not add his third EuroLeague trophy.

He was chosen to the 2010-11 All-EuroLeague First Team for a competition-record fifth time and to the 2011-12 and 2012-13 All-EuroLeague Second Team. Just two players this decade made as many three-point shots in fewer games than his 65 in 26 games during the 2012-13 season. Just six others downed more three-point shots than Navarro's 335 during the 2010s, which is all the more remarkable because he retired in the summer of 2018.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2003, 2010
  • Final Four MVP 2010
  • EuroLeague MVP 2008-09
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2011-12, 2012-13
  • Top Scorer 2006-07 (16.77)
  • EuroLeague January MVP 2005-06, 2010-11
  • Euroleague April MVP 2009-10
  • All-Time Scoring Leader 4152 points
  • All-Time Leader 3-pts Made (623)
  • Final Four All-Time Leader 3-pts made (30)
  • Led the EuroLeague in 3-pts made 2012-13 (65)

On January 6, 2012, Navarro surpassed Marcus Brown's 2,739 points to become the EuroLeague's all-time leading scorer. A year later, he became the first player to reach 3,000 points. He would continued adding to that total as he finished his career with 4,152 points, still the all-time record. He continues to hold the EuroLeague mark for career three-point shots made (623) and accumulated performance index rating (3,890). A member of the 2000-10 EuroLeague All-Decade team, Navarro's brilliance continued far into the next 10 years as he sealed his standing as an icon of world basketball.