David Blu

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David Blu
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Blu playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv
Personal information
Born (1980-07-18) July 18, 1980 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school
College USC (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Undrafted
Playing career 2002–2014
Position Small forward / Power forward
Number 7, 13, 15, 33
Career history
2002–2004 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2004 Dynamo Saint Petersburg
2004–2005 Benetton Treviso
2005–2006 VidiVici Bologna
2006–2007 Climamio Bologna
2007–2008 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2008–2009 Le Mans Sarthe
2009–2012
2013–2014
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[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

David attended the University of Southern California, which was founded by his great-great-granduncle, Isaias Hellman.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Professional career[edit]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

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.[5]

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[edit]

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.

Italian teams[edit]

After two months in Russia, he went to Italy to play for Benetton Treviso. He shot over 60% from 2-point range, and over 51% from 3-point range.[6]

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.[7]

Second stint with Maccabi[edit]

On June 15, 2007, he returned from Fortitudo to Maccabi Tel Aviv.[8] 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.[5]

Le Mans[edit]

On July 10, 2008, he signed a one-year deal with Le Mans.[5] Over 10 games in the EuroLeague, he averaged 12.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Third stint with Maccabi[edit]

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,[9] and 11.1 points and 4 rebounds in the Israeli league. In July 2010 Maccabi extended Blu contract for another year.[9]

In June 2012 Blu retired for the first time to complete his college education in the USA.[10]

After graduating college in the summer of 2013 Blu signed a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14][15]

Israeli national team[edit]

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[edit]

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: 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

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Maccabi 14 0 11.1 .522 .368 .700 1.8 .4 .3 .0 4.4 4.3
2003–04 17 0 10.2 .609 .462 .789 1.4 .4 .2 .1 6.2 4.5
2004–05 Benetton 10 0 18.1 .393 .276 .500 2.5 .9 .8 .3 5.8 4.7
2006–07 Climamio 14 10 31.7 .491 .533 .828 4.2 1.2 .6 .1 16.0 13.4
2007–08 Maccabi 25 18 21.0 .488 .456 .929 2.4 .6 .3 .1 8.7 6.6
2008–09 Le Mans 10 8 32.9 .413 .360 .913 3.8 1.1 1.2 .0 12.5 11.2
2009–10 Maccabi 19 1 23.6 .409 .363 .880 3.0 1.1 .5 .1 9.3 7.2
2010–11 22 1 23.0 .448 .432 .727 3.1 .6 .8 .1 8.9 6.6
2011–12 20 6 24.6 .447 .375 .880 2.5 .5 .6 .0 9.3 6.4
2013–14 30 6 24.8 .433 .406 .816 3.2 1.0 .6 .0 10.1 8.2
Career 181 50 22.1 .457 .411 .833 2.8 .8 .5 .1 9.1 7.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Blu, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. 
  2. ^ ".". CNN. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ ".". Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "David Bluthenthal Bio". NBA.com. June 16, 2004. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Le Mans lands David Bluthenthal". Euroleague.net. July 10, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ http://217.13.116.51/plantillas/jugador.jsp?id=BES[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Maccabi brings back shooting ace Bluthenthal – Latest – Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". Euroleague.net. June 15, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Maccabi brings back shooting ace Bluthenthal". Euroleague.net. June 15, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Art-Up. "Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv BasketBall Club". Maccabi.co.il. Retrieved August 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "David Blu won't return to Maccabi Tel Aviv". Spotando. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv announced David Blu". Sportando. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Maccabi rallies from 15 down to stun CSKA, advance to championship game!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "David Blu turned down Maccabi's offer to come out of retirement". sportando.com. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Yellow-and-blue moves on without Sofo". jpost.com. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "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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