Blu playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv
July 18, 1980 |
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Number||7, 13, 15, 33|
|2002–2004||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2004||Dynamo Saint Petersburg|
|2007–2008||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2008–2009||Le Mans Sarthe|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Blu (born David Bluthenthal, July 18, 1980) is a former American professional basketball player who spent 11 season playing in the Euroleague. Standing at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), he played at the small forward and power forward positions. He is considered to be one of the top three-point shooters in EuroLeague history.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Israeli national team
- 5 Becoming an Entrepreneur
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Blu was born in Los Angeles to a Jewish mother and an African American father. Blu attended Palms Middle School, Venice and Westchester High Schools.
David attended the University of Southern California, which was founded by his great-great-granduncle, Isaias Hellman. A starter from his sophomore season on, he was consistently one of the top players in the Pac-10.
In 2001–02, his senior season, Blu was named All-Pac 10 honorable mention. He averaged 12.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. He left school in 2002 to pursue a career in professional basketball. His most memorable performance remains the 27 points scored against Kentucky in an NCAA Regional Semifinal upset in 2001 made by a Trojans team led by Blu.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
After David completed his 4 years of college athletics eligibility, he decided to play professional basketball in Europe and signed with Israeli professional team Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague League. During two years with Maccabi Tel Aviv (2003–04) he helped the team to the EuroLeague championship in 2004, and the Israeli National Cup twice. He scored 20 points off the bench in the 2004 EuroLeague Final, a 44-point Maccabi annihilation of one of the best team in Europe, Fortitudo Bologna.
Following the 2004 season, Blu was signed by the Sacramento Kings on August 7, 2004, but was released in November before the 2004–05 season started.
Dynamo St. Petersburg
Following his release from Sacramento, he received an offer from the Russian team Dynamo Saint Petersburg that just signed David Blatt, who was the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv during the time that Blu was there. In 8 games he shot 69.6% from 2-point range.
In the summer of 2005, he signed with Virtus Bologna, and became one of their top players with 20.2 points per game.
After the 2005–06 season, he signed with Virtus' intense crosstown rivals Fortitudo. During the 2006–07 season for Fortitudo, he averaged 16 points and 4.2 rebounds in EuroLeague play, and also made 71.1% of his two-point shots and 46.2% of his three-pointers.
Second stint with Maccabi
On June 15, 2007, he returned from Fortitudo to Maccabi Tel Aviv. He averaged 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25 EuroLeague games for Maccabi as they advanced to the EuroLeague Finals against winners CSKA Moscow.
Third stint with Maccabi
In the summer of 2010, Blu yet again returned to Israel and signed a one-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. He finished the season with averages of 9.3 points and 3 rebounds in the EuroLeague, and 11.1 points and 4 rebounds in the Israeli league. In July 2010 Maccabi extended Blu contract for another year.
In June 2012 Blu retired for the first time to complete his college education in the USA.
After graduating college in the summer of 2013 Blu signed a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Following his comeback, after up and down season, Maccabi has won the EuroLeague, sixth in the club's history and his second. Over the season, he averaged 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds over 30 games in the EuroLeague. In the Final Four, he helped his team oust CSKA Moscow in the semifinal by scoring 15 points with some crucial three-pointers. In the championship final game against Real Madrid, he scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Once the season ended, Blu announced his retirement from the professional basketball.
Israeli national team
In the summer of 2010, Blu represented Israel, and he made his first appearance with them against Portugal, on July 19, 2010. Blu also competed with the Israeli national team at the EuroBasket 2011, where he averaged 12.8 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Becoming an Entrepreneur
|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|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Blu won the EuroLeague|
|Led the league|
- "David Blu, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.
- ".". CNN. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- ".". Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "David Bluthenthal Bio". NBA.com. June 16, 2004. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
- "Le Mans lands David Bluthenthal". Euroleague.net. July 10, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2009.
- http://188.8.131.52/plantillas/jugador.jsp?id=BES[permanent dead link]
- "Maccabi brings back shooting ace Bluthenthal – Latest – Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". Euroleague.net. June 15, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
- "Maccabi brings back shooting ace Bluthenthal". Euroleague.net. June 15, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- Art-Up. "Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv BasketBall Club". Maccabi.co.il. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
- "David Blu won't return to Maccabi Tel Aviv". Spotando. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- "Maccabi Tel Aviv announced David Blu". Sportando. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "Maccabi rallies from 15 down to stun CSKA, advance to championship game!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- "David Blu turned down Maccabi's offer to come out of retirement". sportando.com. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- "Yellow-and-blue moves on without Sofo". jpost.com. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- "Com respeito ao Fla, Maccabi disputa título mundial para dar alegria a Israel". globoesporte.globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved October 10, 2014.
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