Lior Eliyahu

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Lior Eliyahu
לִיאוֹר אֱלִיָּהוּ
Lior Eliyahu.jpg
No. 4 – Hapoel Jerusalem
Position Power forward / Small forward
League Israeli Super League
Personal information
Born (1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 29)
Ramat Gan, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Listed height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2006 Hapoel Galil Elyon
2006–2009 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2009–2010 Caja Laboral
2010–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2013–present Hapoel Jerusalem

Lior Eliyahu (Hebrew: לִיאוֹר אֱלִיָּהוּ‎; born September 9, 1985) is an Israeli professional basketball player who plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League. He is 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) in height and he weighs 105 kg (225 pounds).

He plays at the power forward position, but he can also play small forward. The Minnesota Timberwolves own his NBA Draft rights.

Early life[edit]

Eliyahu is Jewish,[1] and was born in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Professional career[edit]

Eliyahu grew up in the youth system of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan, but moved to Galil for the 2004–05 season, in order to further his career. The move paid off when, under the guidance of Oded Katash, Eliyahu made great strides in improving his game. After the 2005–06 season, Eliyahu entered the 2006 NBA Draft, a move criticized by Hanoch Mintz, Eliyahu's coach during his time in Ramat Gan.

In pre-draft camps in Europe, Eliyahu impressed along with fellow Israeli Yotam Halperin and when the camp was finished in Treviso, Italy, both had dramatically climbed the mock draft charts. On June 28, 2006, he made national headlines in Israel by being selected by the Orlando Magic with the 44th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations. He also impressed during matches of Maccabi against NBA teams. During the Euroleague 2006-07 season, Eliyahu averaged 10.8 points per game.

In December 2008, Eliyahu became the first Israeli to be named the MVP of the Euroleague for a month during the season. He recorded a double double in all three games he played during December. Overall for the 2008–09 Euroleague season, Eliyahu averaged 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In 2009, Eliyahu signed a 4-year contract worth 6 million euros net income with the Spanish League club Caja Laboral[2] and won Spanish national championship with his new team in 2010 scoring 18 points in the deciding game against Euroleague champions Barcelona.[3]

In September 2010 he returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a five-year contract.[4]

On June 26, 2012, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chase Budinger and the draft rights to Eliyahu.[5]

In November 2013, he signed a three-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.[6]

Israeli national team[edit]

Eliyahu has also been a member of the senior Israeli national basketball team. He played at the EuroBasket 2007, the EuroBasket 2009 and the EuroBasket 2011.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 Maccabi Tel Aviv 22 15 21.2 .575 .000 .653 5.3 1.3 .9 .5 10.8 13.1
2007–08 Maccabi Tel Aviv 18 5 10.1 .549 .000 .591 1.9 1.1 .4 .1 3.8 5.1
2008–09 Maccabi Tel Aviv 16 9 26.5 .624 .000 .667 6.6 2.4 .6 .3 14.0 17.6
2009–10 Caja Laboral 15 4 18.4 .632 .000 .400 3.4 1.3 .7 .3 8.4 11.1
2010–11 Maccabi Tel Aviv 21 21 20.3 .601 .200 .739 3.8 1.0 .8 .5 10.9 11.8
2011–12 Maccabi Tel Aviv 20 15 18.2 .566 1.000 .542 3.0 1.0 .3 .1 8.5 8.1
2012–13 Maccabi Tel Aviv 23 10 17.2 .483 .000 .800 3.1 2.1 .7 .2 7.3 8.2
Career 135 79 18.9 .568 .125 .650 4.0 1.3 .6 .3 9.1 10.6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 20. September/October 2011, accessed September 16, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  2. ^ "Eliyahu signs with TAU" (in Hebrew). Sports.walla.co.il. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Caja Laboral win ACB Championship". Eitb.com. June 16, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lior Eliyahu signed with Maccabi for 5 years (Hebrew)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "HAPOEL JERUSALEM lands Eliyahu on three-year deal". Eurocupbasketall.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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