López with Khimki Moscow Region.
|No. 31 – Bilbao Basket|
April 15, 1980 |
Vic, Barcelona, Spain
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
Raül López i Molist (born April 15, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player. He has previously played for the NBA's Utah Jazz. López is a native of Vic, Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. At 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall, he plays the point guard position. López is featured on the Spanish version of the NBA Live 2004 video game.
Although López has been said to be the Spanish version of John Stockton, his game has often been described as more similar to that of Steve Nash and Tony Parker. He is known for his quickness, court vision, unselfishness, and passing ability. Also, he has the ability to create his own shot, a key skill in the modern NBA and Euroleague.
In 1998, at 18 years old, López began his professional career with Joventut Badalona in the Spanish ACB League. In 2000, he was signed by Real Madrid where he played for two seasons. Later, during the summer of 2005, he signed with the Spanish local team Akasvayu Girona, which finished 7th at the end of the 2005-2006 ACB season.
López returned to Real Madrid after signing a contract in July 2006. In 2009, he moved to the VTB United League club Khimki Moscow Region. In July 2011 he returned to Spain by singning a two-year contract with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket.
In 2001, López was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, 24th overall, by the Utah Jazz. In September 2002, he signed his NBA rookie contract with the Utah Jazz and underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, missing the entire 2002–03 NBA season. Finally, in the 2003–04 season, totally recovered from his knee injury, he played in all of the 82 regular season games as the backup to starting point guard Carlos Arroyo, while averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game.
On August 3, 2005, López was traded from the Jazz to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the largest trade in NBA history, involving five teams, 13 players, and two draft picks. He was subsequently cut from the Memphis Grizzlies 2005–06 roster.
Spanish national team
Junior national team
Senior national team
López was named, along with Juan Carlos Navarro, to the senior Spanish national team that participated at the 2000 Olympics Basketball Tournament in Sydney, Australia. He also won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2001. However, before playing for Spain at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, he suffered an injury to his right knee, the same one that occurred during the 2001-02 season while playing for Real Madrid.
- NBA.com Profile
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Spanish League Profile (Spanish)
- United League Profile
- 2010 FIBA World Championship Profile
- EuroBasket 2009 Profile
- 2008 Olympics Profile
- FIBA.com Video Interview With Raül López