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.
Eliyahu with the Israeli national team, 2015
|No. 8 – Maccabi Ashdod|
|League||Israeli Premier League|
|Born||September 9, 1985|
Ramat Gan, Israel
|Listed height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Listed weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|2003–2006||Hapoel Galil Elyon|
|2006–2009||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2010–2013||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 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.
In November 2013, he signed a three-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem. In 2015, helped the club win its first ever Israeli championship. In 2017, Eliyahu took another championship with Hapoel Jerusalem. In January 2016, signed a three-year extension to his contract with Hapoel Jerusalem.
On July 26, 2019, Eliyahu signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2019–20 season, joining his former head coach Brad Greenberg. 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. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 3 MVP.
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.
Israeli national teamEdit
On May 8, 2018, Eliyahu announced his decision to retire from the Israeli national team.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
|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 Eliyahu won a Championship|
|Bold||Denotes career highs|
|2006–07||Maccabi Tel Aviv||22||15||21.2||.575||.000||.653||5.3||1.3||.9||.5||10.8||13.1|
|2010–11||Maccabi Tel Aviv||21||21||20.3||.601||.200||.739||3.8||1.0||.8||.5||10.9||11.8|
|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|
|2009-10*||Caja Laboral||Liga ACB||28||13.5||.508||0||.714||1.7||1.0||0.5||0.4||5.3|
- "Israeli Sports". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 20. September–October 2011.
- "Eliyahu signs with TAU" (in Hebrew). Sports.walla.co.il. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- "Caja Laboral win ACB Championship". Eitb.com. June 16, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Lior Eliyahu signed with Maccabi for 5 years (in Hebrew)
- "HAPOEL JERUSALEM lands Eliyahu on three-year deal". Eurocupbasketall.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- http:"HAPOEL JERUSALEM first championship". sport5.co.il. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- http:"HAPOEL JERUSALEM second championship". Eurohoops.net. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
- http:"Lior Eliyahu contract extension". ynet.co.il. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- מצטיין המחזור ה-30: ליאור אליהו. basket.co.il (in Hebrew). May 12, 2018.
- "שמנו דגש על האופי של השחקנים". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). August 23, 2018.
- "ליאור אליהו חתם במכבי אשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
- "בוקר טוב אליהו: ניצחון ראשון לאשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
- "מצטיין המחזור השלישי: ליאור אליהו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- "Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham". NBA.com. July 8, 2019.
- "Lior Eliyahu retires from Israeli national team". Sportando.com. May 8, 2018.