Tamir Blatt

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Tamir Blatt
Tamir Blatt (cropped).JPG
Blatt with Hapoel Tel Aviv in September 2015
No. 6 – Hapoel Jerusalem
PositionPoint guard
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
FIBA Champions League
Personal information
Born (1997-05-04) May 4, 1997 (age 22)
Netanya, Israel
NationalityIsraeli
Listed height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Listed weight82 kg (181 lb)
Career information
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2017Hapoel Tel Aviv
2014–2015A.S. Ramat HaSharon
2017–2018Hapoel Holon
2018–presentHapoel Jerusalem
Career highlights and awards

Tamir Blatt (Hebrew: תמיר בלאט‎; born May 4, 1997) is an Israeli professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. He is the son of former basketball player and current coach David Blatt.

Early life[edit]

Blatt was born in Netanya, Israel. He played for Hapoel Lev Hasharon youth team, where led his team to win the state cup in 2012, alongside his teammate Roi Huber.[1] In July 2012, Blatt joined the Wingate Institute youth academy.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Hapoel Tel Aviv (2014–2017)[edit]

On August 27, 2014, Blatt started his professional career with Hapoel Tel Aviv, signing a four-year deal.[3] In his first season with Hapoel, Blatt was loaned to A.S. Ramat HaSharon of the Israeli National League, where he averaged 9.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

In his third season with Hapoel, Blatt made a breakthrough season averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game, earning a spot in Hapoel's starting lineup. On April 18, 2017, Blatt participated in the 2017 Israeli League All-Star Game.

Hapoel Holon (2017–2018)[edit]

On July 13, 2017, Blatt signed a two-year contract with Hapoel Holon.[4] On November 12, 2017, Blatt recorded a career-high 22 points, shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range, along with five rebounds and five assists in a 104–74 blowout win over Maccabi Rishon LeZion.[5] On December 5, 2017, Blatt recorded a double-double and a career-high of 13 assists and 12 points in a 94–90 win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He was subsequently made the Champions League Team of the Week.[6]

Blatt helped Holon to win the 2018 Israeli State Cup, as well as reaching the 2018 Israeli League Final. In 54 games played during the 2017–18 season (played in the Israeli League and the Champions League), he averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 assists per game.

Hapoel Jerusalem (2018–present)[edit]

On July 4, 2018, Blatt signed a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, joining his former head coach Oded Kattash.[7] On December 26, 2018, Blatt recorded a season-high 21 points, shooting 6-of-13 from the field in a 94–74 win over his former team Hapoel Holon.[8] On May 4, 2019, Blatt was named the Champions League Best Young Player.[9]

National team career[edit]

Blatt with the Israeli U-20 team in March 2017

Israeli junior national team[edit]

Blatt was a member of the U-16, U-18 and U-20 Israel national teams.

In July 2015, Blatt helped the Israeli under-18 national team to reach the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship Division B Final, where they eventually lost to Sweden and earned a silver medal. Blatt averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

On September 18, 2015, Blatt participated in the FIBA European U-18 All-Star Game in France, recording six points and six assists.[10][11]

In July 2017, Blatt led the Israeli under-20 national team to reach the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Final, where they eventually lost to Greece. Blatt set FIBA U20 all-time record in assists per game with 10.1 and also averaged 16 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Blatt earned a spot in the All-Tournament Team.[12][13]

Israeli senior national team[edit]

Blatt is a member of the Israel national basketball team. On November 24, 2017, He made his first appearance for the senior team at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification match against Estonia, recording nine points and three assists off the bench.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Blatt's father, David, is a former professional basketball player and current head coach. His cousin, Golan Gutt, is a current professional basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "תמיר בלאט הוביל את לב השרון לזכיה בגביע". Sport5.co.il (in Hebrew). April 2, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "תמיר בלאט במחזור האקדמיה החדש בווינגייט". one.co.il (in Hebrew). July 27, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "הפועל תל אביב: תמיר בלאט חתם לארבע שנים". walla.co.il (in Hebrew). August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tamir Blatt signs two-year deal with Hapoel Holon". Sportando.basketball. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Winner League, Game 6: UNET Holon Vs M. Rishon - Box Score". basket.co.il. November 12, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Walden, Blatt, Weems, Atkins and Kikanovic make Team of the Week". championsleague.basketball. December 7, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tamir Blatt moves to Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.basketball. July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Winner League, Game 11: Hapoel J-M Vs UNET Holon". basket.co.il. December 26, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Star Lineup revealed, Blatt Best Young Player". ChampionsLeague.basketball. May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "FIBA European U18 All-Star Game Players Announced". Sportando.com. September 11, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Son of Cavs' Blatt shows skills of his own". amicohoops.net. September 18, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Tamir Blatt making his mark". fiba.basketball. July 20, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Charalampopoulos crowned MVP after leading Greece to title". fiba.basketball. July 23, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Israel v Estonia boxscore - FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers". fiba.basketball. November 24, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "קשר משפחתי: הבנים של בלאט ודני גוט במכביה". ynet.co.il (in Hebrew). June 25, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

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