Jerusalem Bound

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Two Former NBA Players Sign Contract with Hapoel Jerusalem

A couple of NBA names are heading to Israel.

While they are by no means the biggest names in basketball, Thon Maker and Anthony Bennett are taking their talents to Israel where they will both suit up for Hapoel Israel.

A native Canadian, Bennett is infamously known as being one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history after being selected first overall in the 2013 Draft. The 6’8” forward last played in the NBA during the 2016-17 season with the Brooklyn Nets, but most recently played for Team Canada in their Olympic qualifiers. After an incredible collegiate career at UNLV, Bennett hopped around the NBA, also spending time in the NBA G-League and a professional league in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Maker is yet another young player who comes with some draft pedigree.

The former 10th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Maker began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, before splitting time with the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was waived by the Cavs in January and has not been able to find a new NBA deal since.

Both are still relatively young and maybe a move to Israel is what will unlock their true potential.

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