Off to Hapoel Tel Aviv for Jaylen Hoard

Shining at the end of a freewheeling season does not guarantee a place in the Big League. Jaylen Hoard is obviously experiencing it. The Hapoel Tel Aviv club has just announced his arrival, to at least participate in the team’s « training camp ». The latter will be able to sign him for the rest of the season at the end of this first meeting.

It’s hard to know what this trajectory means for his potential future in the NBA. The 23-year-old, undrafted, spent his last three years between the Big League, Portland then Oklahoma City, and the G-League. With each time, a handful of matches played with the NBA franchise.

But the native of Le Havre particularly marked the spirits at the end of last season. The winger took advantage of the slump at the Thunder to recover minutes and even a starting spot. With the key, an impressive production of 22 points and 14.5 rebounds on average over the last four outings of the season, including a record high of 24 points and 21 rebounds (!).

 » I think I proved that I could play in the NBA. This year, compared to last year, I have accumulated experience. I didn’t just play when the match was folded, but real good minutes, against starters. DOverall, I think I managed to show what I was capable of “, he displayed, confident, in mid-April, without however knowing what his future would be like.

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