Former two-time EuroLeague champ Haperin retires

Aug 21, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
Former two-time EuroLeague champ Haperin retires

Yotam Halperin, a former two-time Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion with Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, announced his retirement from professional basketball on Tuesday. Halperin, 34, put an end to his 16-year career during which he won the 2004 and 2005 EuroLeague titles with Maccabi, and made two more championship game appearances, one with Maccabi and another with Olympiacos Piraeus. From 2001 to 2011 he played in 10 consecutive EuroLeague seasons, six with Maccabi, three with Olympiacos and one with Olimpija Union Ljubljana, and during that span, he was also named to the 2007-08 All-EuroLeague Second Team. The last six seasons Halperin left his mark in the 7DAYS EuroCup, earning a pair of All-EuroCup Second Team honors, in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons, as well.

After growing up with Maccabi, Halperin made his EuroLeague debut in October of 2001, having been 17 days, 8 months and 17 days old at the time. By the time he turned 21 he already helped the team win two EuroLeague titles. After spending 2005-06 campaign with Olimpija, and posting a career-high 13.9 points that season, Halperin returned home for two more years to play for Maccabi. In 2007-08 he helped his hometown club reach EuroLeague championship game, earning All-EuroLeague honors in the process. Later that summer he moved to Olympiacos, where he spent the next three seasons, reaching the Final Four twice more, including the 2010 championship game.

The 2010-11 campaign was his last in the EuroLeague, a competition where he played a total of 157 games, having amassed 992 points, 283 assists, 252 rebounds and 140 steals. In recent years Halperin participated in the EuroCup, having played a total of 86 games in that competition, one season with Spartak St. Petersburg, and five with Hapoel Jerusalem. Over the past two decades, Halperin also played at six EuroBaskets wearing an Isreali national team jersey. Halperin finished his career with Hapoel Jerusalem, where he now joins the club management.