Vázquez catching a rebound with Baloncesto Málaga.
|No. 17 - Tecnyconta Zaragoza|
|Born||May 1, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 10.25 in (2.09 m)|
|Listed weight||232 lb (105 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|Career highlights and awards|
Francisco Vázquez González (Galician pronunciation: [f?a?'?isk? '?a?ke?]) (born May 1, 1983), more commonly known as Fran Vázquez, is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for Tecnyconta Zaragoza 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.
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