Yotam Halperin (Hebrew: יותם הלפרין; born January 24, 1984) is an Israeli former professional basketball player. He is currently the Sporting Director for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. He is a 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) tall combo guard. He was named to the 2007–08 All-EuroLeague Second Team.
Halperin with Hapoel Jerusalem, 2015
|League||Israeli Premier League|
FIBA Champions League
|Born||January 24, 1984|
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Listed height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Number||9, 10, 11, 21|
|2001–2005||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2006–2008||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2011–2012||Spartak Saint Petersburg|
|2018–present||Hapoel Jerusalem (Sporting director)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Halperin is Jewish, and was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He played in the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team and won two Israeli Youth League titles (2000–01, 2001–02). Simultaneously, He led his high school basketball team into winning the national title.
Maccabi Tel AvivEdit
Halperin debuted in Maccabi senior team at the age of 17 in a EuroLeague game against Alba Berlin. In his first years with Maccabi, Yotam barely recorded minutes, coming off the bench for stars such as Ariel McDonald and Šarūnas Jasikevičius. In his first three seasons he averaged 12.3 minutes per game in the Israeli BSL.
Halperin has won the 2003–04 Euroleague title with Maccabi. He scored 7 points and passed 4 assists in the final against Skipper Bologna. The team were able to win the 2004–05 Euroleague as well, but Halperin didn't have a major part in the success.
On August 31, 2005 Yotam signed a one-year contract with Slovenian League Champions Union Olimpija. Maccabi agreed to release Halperin, in order for him to gain experience at the EuroLeague level. Halperin immediately took a leading role in the team, averaging 13.9 points in 36 minutes per game during the 2005–06 Euroleague, but the team failed to reach the Top 16.
After his breakout season with Union Olimpija, Halperin declared himself as available for the 2006 NBA draft. The NBA Mock draft websites didn't project him to be drafted at all. Despite the earlier predictions, Halperin was selected in the 2nd round (53rd pick overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Return To Maccabi Tel AvivEdit
After failing to gain a guaranteed contract in the NBA, Yotam signed a three-year deal with his former club Maccabi Tel Aviv. He fulfilled a bigger role in the team‘s rotation compared to his first term with the Maccabi, averaging more than 24 minutes per game and starting in 13 out of 19 games during the 2006–07 Euroleague Season.
On June 25, 2008 Yotam signed a deal with EuroLeague team Olympiacos Piraeus. The contract was worth 4.5 million USD spread over three years. The buy-out from Maccabi, in which he had a contract in, had cost Olympiacos 950,000USD. In Olympiacos Halperin joined his former teammate Nikola Vujcic, and former EuroLeague MVP Theodoros Papaloukas. The team has reached 2008–09 Euroleague final four losing to Arch enemies Panathinaikos in the semis. a year later they reached the 2009–10 Euroleague final but lost to FC Barcelona.
Before the 2010–11 season Olympiacos has placed Yotam in the inactive list, and ordered his agent to find him a new team. After his agent wasn't able to locate a team that agreed to carry Halperin's heavy contract, Olympiacos head coach Dušan Ivković agreed to give the player a second chance at the roster. eventually, he stayed in Olympiacos for the rest of the season.
Spartak Saint PetersburgEdit
On June 20, 2011 Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the return of Halperin, who signed a contract for three years. Almost a month later, Maccabi has announced cancellation of the contract due to taxation problems.
After the fiasco with Maccabi, Halperin signed a 2-years contract with Russian team Spartak Saint Petersburg. Yotam had good season in the 2011–12 Eurocup, where his team reached the semi-finals. Yotam has awarded a place in the All-Eurocup 2nd Team, with his teammate Patrick Beverley gaining the MVP award.
Yotam was released from Spartak at the end of the season.
Despite rumors of being close to Maccabi Tel Aviv, Yotam made a shock signing with their rIvals Hapoel Jerusalem for three years. From his first season he became the team captain. In 2013–14 Halperin averaged 11.7 points in EuroCup and reached with his team the quarterfinals of the competition. In 2014–15 season he led Hapoel Jerusalem to its first Israeli League championship.
In his fourth season with Jerusalem, he helped the team to win the 2016 Israeli League Cup and the 2017 Israeli League Championship, as well as reaching the 2017 EuroCup Semifinals, where they eventually were eliminated by Valencia.
Israeli national teamEdit
Halperin has been a member of the Israel national U-21 team leading the team to the second place of the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Yotam finished as the 2nd best scorer with an average of 20.4 points per game. He also been elected to the All-Tournament Team.
EuroLeague career statisticsEdit
|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 Halperin's team won the EuroLeague|
- "2007-08 All-Euroleague announced". Euroleague.net. May 3, 2008.
- Bob Wechsler. Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
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- "Olympiakos announced Yotam Halperin". The Hoop Blog. June 25, 2008.
- "Official:Halperin Signed At Olympiacos" (in Hebrew). Globes. June 25, 2008.
- "Olympiacos to Baladuchi: Find Halperin A Team" (in Hebrew). Mako. June 17, 2010.
- "Maccabi Tel Aviv brings Yotam Halperin back". Sportando. June 20, 2011.
- "Yotam Won't Play At Maccabi" (in Hebrew). Walla.co.il. July 16, 2011.
- "Spartak SPB tabs Yotam Halperin". Sportando. July 25, 2011.
- "2011-12 All-Eurocup Second Team". Eurocup Basketball. April 4, 2012.
- "2011-12 Eurocup MVP: Patrick Beverley, Spartak St. Petersburg". Eurocup Basketball. April 6, 2012.
- "Yotam Halperin, Miha Zupan and Nikola Dragovic leave Spartak SPB". Sportando. May 31, 2012.
- "Yotam Agree Terms With Maccabi" (in Hebrew). Walla.co.il. July 16, 2011.
- "Halperin signed for three years with Hapoel Jerusalem" (in Hebrew). Sport5. August 1, 2013.
- "Hapoel Jerusalem officially signs Yotam Halperin". Sportando. August 1, 2013.
- "Hapoel Jerusalem History". hapoel.co.il.
- "יותם הלפרין הודיע על פרישה מכדורסל". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- "Yotam Halperin retires at 34". Sportando.basketball. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- "U20 Men All Star Team And MVP". FIBA Europe. August 1, 2004.
- "FIBA U21 World Championship for Men 2005". FIBA.