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Lior Eliyahu (Hebrew: לִיאוֹר אֱלִיָּהוּ‎; born September 9, 1985) is an Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Premier League. He is 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) in height and he weighs 105 kg (225 pounds). He plays at the power forward position.

Lior Eliyahu
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Eliyahu with the Israeli national team, 2015
No. 8 – Maccabi Ashdod
PositionPower forward
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
Personal information
Born (1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 34)
Ramat Gan, Israel
NationalityIsraeli
Listed height2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight102 kg (225 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2003–present
Career history
2003–2006Hapoel Galil Elyon
2006–2009Maccabi Tel Aviv
2009–2010Caja Laboral
2010–2013Maccabi Tel Aviv
2013–2019Hapoel Jerusalem
2019–presentMaccabi Ashdod
Career highlights and awards

EuroLeague records since the 2000–01 season

  • Most 2-point field goals made in a game without a miss

Early lifeEdit

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

Professional careerEdit

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. He also impressed during matches between Maccabi Tel Aviv and 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 EuroLeague MVP of the 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 he won the Spanish national championship with his new team in 2010, scoring 18 points in the deciding game against then EuroLeague champions Barcelona.[3]

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

In November 2013, he signed a three-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.[5] In 2015, helped the club win its first ever Israeli championship.[6] In 2017, Eliyahu took another championship with Hapoel Jerusalem.[7] In January 2016, signed a three-year extension to his contract with Hapoel Jerusalem.[8]

On May 10, 2018, Eliyahu recorded a career-high 15 assists, along with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in a 92–73 win over Hapoel Eilat. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 30 MVP.[9]

On August 23, 2018, Eliyahu was named Hapoel Jerusalem's new team captain, replacing Yotam Halperin.[10]

On July 26, 2019, Eliyahu signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2019–20 season, joining his former head coach Brad Greenberg.[11] On October 21, 2019, Eliyahu recorded a season-high 22 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field, along with seven rebounds and seven assists, leading Ashdod to an 83–76 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.[12] He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 3 MVP.[13]

NBA draft rightsEdit

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.

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.[14]

On July 9, 2019, his draft rights were traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier.[15]

Israeli national teamEdit

Eliyahu was a member of the senior Israeli national team at the 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 EuroBasket tournaments.

On May 8, 2018, Eliyahu announced his decision to retire from the Israeli national team.[16]

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

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.

EuroLeagueEdit

* Denotes seasons in which Eliyahu won a Championship
Bold Denotes career highs
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 18 5 10.1 .549 .000 .591 1.9 1.1 .4 .1 3.8 5.1
2008–09 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 20 15 18.2 .566 1.000 .542 3.0 1.0 .3 .1 8.5 8.1
2012–13 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

EuroCupEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. 15 14 25.2 .500 .000 .267 4.7 2.5 .9 .5 9.6 9.8
2014–15 Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. 10 10 25.0 .515 .000 .533 3.2 2.1 1 .4 10.8 9.2
2015-16 Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. 13 12 21.9 .485 .000 .556 4.9 2.8 .8 .2 10.5 10.4
2016-17 Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. 19 6 15.5 .513 .000 .545 3.5 1.9 .6 .2 6.9 7.8
Career 57 42 21.7 .502 0.000 .486 4.1 2.3 .8 .3 9.1 9.3

Domestic leaguesEdit

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003-04 Galil-Elyon Israel 22 13.5 .549 .500 .684 3.1 .6 .5 .3 5.0
2004-05 21 27.8 0.591 0.389 0.670 5.2 1.7 1.9 0.3 13.9
2005-06 29 26.6 0.579 0.294 0.671 5.9 3.1 1.3 0.7 15.9
2006-07* Maccabi T-A 26 16.9 0.59 0.286 .658 4.2 2.2 1.0 0.5 9.4
2007–08 22 14.6 .595 .25 .656 3.7 2.1 0.7 0.2 7.2
2008-09* 22 22.6 .654 .143 .633 4.7 3.1 1.0 0.4 13.2
2009-10* Caja Laboral Liga ACB 28 13.5 .508 0 .714 1.7 1.0 0.5 0.4 5.3
2010-11* Maccabi T-A Israel 26 22.8 .637 .333 .674 5.0 2.9 1.0 .7 13.6
2011-12* 20 24.8 .61 0 .595 5.1 3.3 1.2 .3 13.8
2012-13 25 23.2 .567 .5 .475 4.2 3 1.2 .6 11
2013-14 Jerusalem 20 31.3 .569 0 .482 5.7 3.4 1.6 0.7 13.4
2014-15* 33 27.3 .547 1.0 .473 6.5 4 1.5 .7 13.2
2015-16 29 25.5 .511 0 .391 6.2 4.3 0.8 .7 11.7
2016-17* 32 27.1 .492 0 .326 5.6 3.4 1.1 .7 9.8
Career 355 22.67 .563 .263 .578 4.77 2.72 1.09 0.51 11.17

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 20. September–October 2011.
  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 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ "HAPOEL JERUSALEM lands Eliyahu on three-year deal". Eurocupbasketall.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  6. ^ http:"HAPOEL JERUSALEM first championship". sport5.co.il. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  7. ^ http:"HAPOEL JERUSALEM second championship". Eurohoops.net. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  8. ^ http:"Lior Eliyahu contract extension". ynet.co.il. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  9. ^ מצטיין המחזור ה-30: ליאור אליהו. basket.co.il (in Hebrew). May 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "שמנו דגש על האופי של השחקנים". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "ליאור אליהו חתם במכבי אשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "בוקר טוב אליהו: ניצחון ראשון לאשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "מצטיין המחזור השלישי: ליאור אליהו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham". NBA.com. July 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lior Eliyahu retires from Israeli national team". Sportando.com. May 8, 2018.

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