Aggressive, consistent and at times unstoppable, Pete Mickeal became a favorite of FC Barcelona fans not just for his character, but for his all-around talent and ability to do whatever even the best teams needed in a given moment. Mickeal had started his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague career with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the late 2000s, but when he joined Barcelona, he became a championship-level difference-maker at small forward.
Mickeal showed his all-around skills right away in Barcelona, earning the November MVP honor in the 2009-10 season by averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while picking up just one turnover the entire month. Months later, Mickeal was a driving force as Barcelona won its second EuroLeague title in 2010 in dominating fashion, finishing with a 20-2 record. He had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in the 2010 championship game against Olympiacos Piraeus, an unforgettable night for all Barcelona fans.
Mickeal would play three more years with Barcelona, though he missed most of the 2010-11 season due to an arterial blockage of the lung. Nonetheless, he returned to play for Barcelona at another EuroLeague Final Four, in 2012. He put basketball aside to focus on his health concerns late the next season, leaving open the question of how much more success he might have had. Regardless, Mickeal remains one of the biggest natural-born winners the EuroLeague has ever seen.