Vázquez catching a rebound with Baloncesto Málaga.
|No. 17 – Iberostar Tenerife|
May 1, 1983 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|Career highlights and awards|
Francisco Vázquez González (Galician pronunciation: [fɾaŋˈθiskɔ ˈβaθkeθ]) (born May 1, 1983), more commonly known as Fran Vázquez, is a Spanish professional basketball player for Iberostar Tenerife of the Liga ACB. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic in 2005, Vázquez decided to remain in the Spanish ACB League rather than enter the NBA.
He is the EuroLeague leader in blocked shots since the 2000–01 season, which comprises the current era of the EuroLeague, since the Euroleague Basketball Company took over the organization of the league. He is also the Spanish League's all-time leader in blocked shots.
Vázquez was selected 11th overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. He made headlines when he announced that he would remain playing in the Spanish ACB League for at least the following season, after signing for Akasvayu Girona. This came as a surprise to the Magic, who expected him to join Dwight Howard in the front court for the 2005–06 season, and it enraged many Magic fans.
Vázquez originally gave no indication that he would be returning to Europe after he was drafted, and had indicated that he would like to join the Magic. The Magic retain his NBA rights while he plays in a non-NBA League. In 2010, he signed a one-year contract extension with the EuroLeague club Barcelona.
Spanish national team
Awards and accomplishments
- EuroLeague (1):
- ACB League (Spanish League) (3)
- Spanish King's Cup (4):
- Spanish Super Cup (3):
Spanish national team
- Spanish King's Cup MVP (1):
- ACB League Player of the Week (5):
- ACB League Player of the Month (1):
- March (2009)
- All-ACB Team (1):
- EuroLeague leader in blocked shots since the 2000–01 season (Euroleague Basketball Company era)
- Liga ACB all-time leader in blocked shots
- Bombazo: Fran Vázquez, cuatro años al Akasvayu; AS.com, 31 July 2005 (Spanish).
- Fran Vazquez: "I will jump to the NBA only when I feel ready".
- Barcelona, Vazquez renew deal.
- Fran Vazquez to Malaga, Alex Abrines to Barcelona.
- "Fran Vázquez ya es el máximo taponador histórico de la Liga Endesa." (in Spanish). ACB.com. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- "El Iberostar Tenerife ficha a Fran Vázquez". cbcanarias.net (in Spanish). 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- FIBA.com Profile.
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