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Yotam Halperin
יוֹתָם הַלְפֶּרִין
Halperin in a Maccabi jersey.
Halperin in a Maccabi jersey.
Position Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Olympiacos Piraeus
Born January 24, 1984 (1984-01-24) (age 26)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
College None
Draft 2nd round, 53rd overall, 2006
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Maccabi Tel Aviv (2001–05)
Union Olimpija (2005-06)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2006-08)
Awards FIBA Under-21 World Championship All Star 2005
All-Euroleague Second Team 2008

Yotam Halperin (Hebrew: יוֹתָם הַלְפֶּרִין‎; born January 24, 1984) is an Israeli professional basketball player. He is a 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) tall combo guard. Yotam was born and raised in Tel Aviv and was the basketball star of Metrowest High School in Ra'anana. He declared himself eligible for the 2006 NBA Draft, and the Seattle SuperSonics selected him in the second round, with the 53rd overall pick. He is currently playing with Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek League.

Pro career

Halperin played in the Maccabi Tel Aviv juniors since he was 8 years old. After finishing high school Halperin had a tough time fitting in with the senior club Maccabi Tel Aviv, since the team had so many star players, such as Ariel McDonald and Anthony Parker.

Halperin sat on the bench for the Maccabi Tel Aviv team until 2005. He got an offer from Union Olimpija in Ljubljana and emerged as a star in the 2005-06 season, winning the Slovenian League three-point competition and putting up big numbers for Olimpija both in the Slovenian League and in the Euroleague.

He won the Slovenian National Cup and the Slovenian Championship with Union Olimpija after completing the final series in the Slovenian playoffs (3-2 in the final over Geoplin Slovan).

Yotam was projected to be the first Israeli in the NBA. His 2006 NBA Draft placement (53rd overall) was not enough to secure him a guaranteed NBA contract, so he opted to return to Israel to spend the 2006-07 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv where he underachieved that season. In the 2007-2008 season he led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Final of the Euroleague Final Four in Madrid and earned an All-Euroleague Second Team selection.

On June 15, 2008, Yotam signed a deal with Olympiacos Piraeus, where he joined his former Maccabi teammate Nikola Vujcic.

Israeli national team

Halperin has also been a member of the senior Israeli national basketball team. He has played at 4 EuroBaskets, the EuroBasket 2003, the EuroBasket 2005, the EuroBasket 2007, the EuroBasket 2009.

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