Wizards should nab Navarro
June, 29, 2007
In my recent item on the top European players, I inexplicably left out Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro. That absence became more glaring days later when Navarro announced that he'd reached a buyout agreement with his team in Barcelona and could proceed to the NBA. Well, if you're a Wizards fan (Washington holds his rights), you're going to enjoy Navarro's translated numbers from last season: 18.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per 40 minutes, a 43.7-percent shooting mark, and a PER of 15.16. That would make him a top-notch reserve right off the bat, and an important one given the Wizards' deficiencies beyond the "big three" of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. A cautionary note, however: His numbers from the two previous seasons aren't as strong. Navarro's translated shooting marks are especially worrisome -- 38.6 percent in 2005-06, 39.6 percent in 2004-05. His PERs in those seasons aren't as high either, at 12.68 in 2005-06 and 13.18 in 2004-05.