Lior Eliyahu (Hebrew: לִיאוֹר אֱלִיָּהוּ; born 9 September 1985) is an Israeli former professional basketball player. 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. He was named the 2012 and 2015 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP.
|Born||9 September 1985|
|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|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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. He was named the 2015 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP.
On 26 July 2019, Eliyahu signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2019–20 season, joining his former head coach Brad Greenberg. On 21 October 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 28 June 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.
Israel national teamEdit
On 8 May 2018, Eliyahu announced his decision to retire from the Israel 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|
|*||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. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Caja Laboral win ACB Championship". Eitb.com. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- Lior Eliyahu signed with Maccabi for 5 years (in Hebrew)
- "מנהלת ליגת העל בכדורסל | עונת 2011-12 | | מצטיינים".
- "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.
- "מנהלת ליגת העל בכדורסל | עונת 2014–15 | | מצטיינים".
- 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). 12 May 2018.
- "שמנו דגש על האופי של השחקנים". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). 23 August 2018.
- "ליאור אליהו חתם במכבי אשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "בוקר טוב אליהו: ניצחון ראשון לאשדוד". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). 21 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
- "מצטיין המחזור השלישי: ליאור אליהו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). 22 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
- "Wolves trade 18th pick to Houston for Chase Budinger, prospect". Star Tribune.
- "Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham". NBA.com. 8 July 2019.
- "Lior Eliyahu retires from Israeli national team". Sportando.com. 8 May 2018.
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