López with Khimki Moscow Region.
|Born||April 15, 1980|
|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|
|2009–2011||Khimki Moscow Region|
Raül López i Molist (born April 15, 1980) is a Spanish retired professional basketball player. He played for the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz. López is a native of Vic, Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. At 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall, he played at the point guard position. López was featured on the Spanish version of the NBA Live 2004 video game.
Although López was said by some to have been the Spanish version of John Stockton, his game was often described as more similar to that of Steve Nash and Tony Parker. He was known for his quickness, court vision, unselfishness, and passing ability. Also, he had the ability to create his own shot, which was 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 2005–06 ACB season.
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.
Return to Europe
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, and signed a two-year contract with Bilbao Basket.
Spanish national team
Junior national team
Senior national team
López was named, along with Juan Carlos Navarro, to the senior Spanish national basketball team that participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics 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 he was playing with Real Madrid.
|1997–98||DKV Joventut||Liga ACB||1||18.0||1.000||1.000||.500||2.0||4.0||1.0||.0||10.0|
|VTB United League||8||17.9||.444||.409||1.000||1.9||2.6||.9||.0||4.6|
|VTB United League||11||17.2||.500||.619||.538||1.9||1.8||.6||.1||5.6|
|2011–12||Bilbao Basket||Liga ACB||35||15.1||.500||.453||.844||1.3||1.5||1.0||.0||6.3|