The Maccabi Hunter Haifa Israeli professional basketball team today announced that they have signed point guard Guy Lavie for the 2018-19 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lavie, 26, spent the past three seasons playing for Maccabi Ra’anana in Israel’s second division under current Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Barak Peleg and alongside fellow teammate Samme Givens. He appeared in 28 games last season and averaged 11.4 points while shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range to go along with 3.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists (third-highest in the second division) and 2.6 steals (third-highest in the second division) in 26.4 minutes per game. He was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League First Team for his impressive 2017-18 season performance.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has complied career averages of 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals in 138 games over five seasons in Israel’s second division. He also played three seasons in the Israel Super League for Bnei Hasharon (2011-14) and a short-stint in Herzliya in 2009-10.
“Guy is an all-out player who always gives 100 percent to the team,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Barak Peleg. “He’s a fighter and a high-intensity player — just like I love. He is one of the best passers in the league over the last three years.”
“Guy Lavie is an experienced guard whose leadership skills and talent, on both ends of the floor, fits right into our system under coach Peleg,” said Jeff Rosen, Team Owner, Maccabi Hunter Haifa.
A native of Petah Tikva, Israel, Lavie has participated in European Championships as a member of the U16, U18 and U20 Israel national teams.