Tribute to the Champs: Kyle Hines

Jun 15, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Kyle Hines
The undersized big man enjoyed one of the best seasons of his already storybook Euroleague career. The 2015-16 Euroleague Best Defender trophy winner, Kyle Hines was the guardian of CSKA’s paint and a nightmare for opposing frontcourts all season long. His experience, leadership, energy and hustle were among the intangibles Hines brought with him every time he stepped on the court, making his team and everyone around him better. Throughout the campaign he led CSKA in blocks and offensive rebounds, while ranking third in scoring, but Hines’s star shined even brighter in the playoffs when he led CSKA in minutes and points in a series sweep of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. However, he delivered in a big way at the Final Four, too. Hines played a career-high 36 minutes in the semifinals and then went on to score 15 points, including a key put-back in overtime of the championship game to make sure CSKA ended its eight-year title drought, while accomplishing the rare feat himself by winning his third Euroleague title in five years.