11 Navarro

Juan Carlos Navarro

Guard

A key figure in the team for more than a decade, 'la Bomba' brings together experience, talent and leadership

Juan Carlos Navarro came to FC Barcelona aged just 11 years from CB Santfeliuenc.Juan Carlos la Bomba Navarro, as he has been known since he was a kid, started his basketball at CB Santfeliuenc aged just eight.

On 23 November 1997. Barça coach, Joan Montes, sent Navarro out for his first team debut against Covirán Granada. There was no looking back, and Navarro immediately started combining training with Barça B  and with the first team. In the 2000/01 season, the guard from Sant Feliu became a regular with the first team under the orders of Aito García Reneses.  

When Pesic took over the first team, in the year 2002/03, the team went from strength to strength, and won the two most important titles in Spain, the Cup and League, and also the long desired first ever Euroleague. Navarro had improved immensely, and posted 14 points on average per game. The guard was getting better as every year went by and at 25 years of age he was well established as one of the stars of the ACB League and of European basketball. 
 
At the end of the 2006/07 season, Navarro decided his time had come for the NBA. He was to play one season for the Memphis Grizzlies. He wanted to show that he could play in the best league in the world, and certainly made it very clear that he could. Navarro soon won the fans’ favour and totted up some impressive statistics. It was enough to take him to the Rookie game in New Orleans. Navarro left his mark with 14 points in 20 minutes. Significantly, Navarro scored 156 three pointers in 82 matches and was just two short of the best score ever for an NBA rookie, which dated back to the 1996/97 season and Kerry Kittles. Rudy Fernández beat that record in 2008/09.

But despite all that impressive stateside basketball, Navarro and his family missed the Barcelona way of life, and when an offer came in from Barça for him to come back Navarro did not think twice, and headed back to his homeland. In 2009/10, the man from Sant Feliu guiided the team to their second Euroleague victory with Navarro named MVP of the final in Paris. 

In his second spell with the Club, Navarro has been hoovering up records since his return from the NBA. In the season 2012/13 he became the all time leading scorer in the Euroleague, topping 3,000 points and at the same time becoming the man to have scored most three pointers in the competition. In the same season he overtook 'Epi' as the all time leading points scorer at Barça. 

On the 15 November 2015 Navarro reached 1,000 official matches with FC Barcelona. In 2015/16 he also reached 1,100 three pointers in the Endesa League with more than 15,000 minutes under his belt in the competition. 

On the international front, Navarro has been part of a golden generation of Spanish players alongside the likes of Pau Gasol. He won the World Championships in Japan in 2006 and the European Championships in 2009 in Poland and two years later in Lithuania. He also claimed silver medals in the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London. 
 

Technical profile

An extremely talented offensive player who impresses fans with his remarkable scoring prowess. His rapid three-pointer shots and speed on approaching the hoop have brought him the nickname la Bomba, given to him by coach Agustí Cuesta when he managed the junior side. 

One of Juan Carlos Navarro’s main virtues is his ability to decide when, how, where and with who he wants to play at any given time. This, combined with great technical skills and rapid execution, has made him into one of Europe’s top players.

Honours

With FCB
Titles Amount Seasons
ACB Super Cup 5 2004/05 - 2009/10 - 2010/11 - 2011/12 - 2015/16
Copa del Rey 6 2000/01 - 2002/03 - 2006/07 - 2009/10 - 2010/11 - 2012/13
Catalan league 11 2000/01 - 2001/02 - 2004/05 - 2009/10 - 2010/11 - 2011/12 - 2012/13 - 2013/14 - 2014/15 - 2015/16 - 2016/17
Copa Korać 1 1998/99
TURKISH AIRLINES EuroLeague 2 2002/03 - 2009/10
Endesa League 8 1998/99 - 2000/01 - 2002/03 - 2003/04 - 2008/09 - 2010/11 - 2011/12 - 2013/14
With national team
Titles Amount Seasons
Oympic Games Silver 2 2008 - 2012
Oympic Games Bronze 1 2016
Gold at the European Championships 2 2009 - 2011
Gold at the European U18 Championships 1 1998
Silver at the European Championships 2 2003 - 2007
Bronze in the European Championships 1 2001
Gold at the World Championships 1 2006
Gold at the World U19 Championships 1 1999
Individual
Titles Amount Seasons
ACB League MVP 1 2005/06
ACB Super Cup MVP 3 2009/10 - 2010/11 - 2011/12
European Championships MVP 1 2011
Euroleague MVP 1 2008/09
Final Four MVP 1 2009/10
ACB Final MVP 3 2008/09 - 2010/11 - 2013/14