Fran Vázquez

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Basketball player
Fran Vázquez
Estudiantes vs Unicaja Málaga - Fran Vázquez - 01.jpg
Player information
Full name Francisco Vázquez González
birthday 1st May 1983 (age 37)
place of birth Chantada , Spain
size 209 cm
position center
NBA draft 2005 , 11th pick, Orlando Magic
Clubs as active
2002–2005 Unicaja Málaga 2003 → Bilbao Basket ( LEB , loan) 2003–2004 → Auna Gran Canaria (loan) 2005–2006 Akasvayu Girona 2006–2012 FC Barcelona 2012–2016 Unicaja Málaga 2016–2018 CB 1939 Canarias 2018–2020 Basket Saragossa 2002SpainSpain
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National team
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Francisco "Fran" Vázquez González (born May 1, 1983 in Chantada , Lugo province ) is a former Spanish basketball player . He played in the Spanish ACB league for a total of 19 years .


Club career

Fran Vázquez, who had initially played football in Chantada , began his professional career at Unicaja Málaga , where he played in the second team in the 2001/02 season. On February 24, 2002 he made his first-team league debut against CB Granada . In spring 2003 he was awarded for the playoff games to the second division Bilbao Basket , and in the following 2003/04 season Fran Vázquez played on loan, this time for Auna Gran Canaria . In the 2004/05 season he made his breakthrough at Unicaja, he became a regular player and also won the trophy with the Andalusians with an 80:76 in the final against Real Madrid .

In the 2005 NBA Draft , the Orlando Magic selected him in eleventh place in the first round, at which point he was the Spaniard with the best draft result after Pau Gasol . Surprisingly, Fran Vázquez decided against a move to the NBA and instead went to Akasvayu Girona . After only one season, he moved to FC Barcelona . With this he achieved numerous successes, he won the cup again in 2007 and 2010, the championship title in 2009 and the ULEB Euroleague 2009/10 . On January 7, 2007, Vázquez set a league record with 12 blocks in the game against CB Valladolid , and in this encounter he was the sixth player in league history with his 11 points and 10 rebounds, a triple-double . That he was an excellent shot blocker was also shown by the fact that he was at the top of the all-time list of the best in the ULEB Euroleague (249 out of 254 at the end of his career).

In summer 2012, he left FC Barcelona and returned to Unicaja Málaga, where he signed a contract that ran until 2014. On April 17, 2016, he became the best shot blocker in the history of the ACB League, overtaking Fernando Romay . At the end of his career, Vázquez had 672 blocked litters in the ACB league. He set another ACB record with 12 blocks in one game. In July 2016 he switched to CB 1939 Canarias . He stayed there for two years, followed by another two years in Zaragoza. In May 2020 he announced the end of his playing career.

National team

Fran Vázquez, who won the silver medal with Spain at the U20 European Championship in 2002 as a junior, celebrated his debut in the senior national team on August 27, 2005. He was also part of the squad at the Eurobasket 2005 and in the 2010 FIBA World Championship . Vázquez came to 41 senior internationals and was captain of the Spanish team in the qualifying games for the 2019 World Cup.



Personal honors

  • Best Player of the Spanish Cup 2010

National team

  • U20 European Championship 2002: silver

Web links

Commons : Fran Vázquez  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b El adiós de Fran Vazquez, se retira una leyenda. In: May 9, 2020, accessed May 10, 2020 (Spanish).
  2. ^ Triple-doble de Fran Vázquez with 12 tapones. In: El Mundo . January 7, 2007, accessed July 4, 2010 (Spanish).
  3. Euroleague Basketball statistical records. In: ULEB Euroleague . Retrieved July 4, 2010 .
  4. Statistics - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved May 10, 2020 .
  5. ^ Fran Vázquez regresa al Unicaja, con un contrato de 2 + 1. In: Liga ACB . Retrieved July 23, 2012 (Spanish).
  6. El Iberostar Tenerife ficha a Fran Vázquez (span)
  7. La retirada de Fran Vázquez. In: ACB.COM. Retrieved May 10, 2020 (Spanish).
  8. ^ Fran Vázquez: un Grande del baloncesto español. In: Federación Española de Baloncesto. Retrieved May 10, 2020 (Spanish).