EuroLeague Rising Star candidates: Yam Madar
When at the age of 20 you have the courage to accept the offer from Partizan, to want to perform under the leadership of the legendary Željko Obradović, known for his demandingness and in front of some of the most fanatical supporters in the world, means that you want to give everything every day to become better. It is about Yam Madar, one of the candidates for the EuroLeague Rising Star trophy this season.
It’s impressive how he manages to play so well in such a long rotation. Compared to last year, he improved enormously his 3-point shooting and his defensive game. In the ABA League, he has 52% at 3 points compared to 38% last season. In his first Euroleague season, he averaged 14 minutes, 6.4 points with 52% on 2-pointers, 38.6% on 3-pointers and 87.5% on free throws.
After this period of apprenticeship under the baton of Obradović Madar turned into a modern defender, he greatly improved his throws and especially developed his defensive game. He is fast on defense and can guard players full court, has good timing on his jumps and can make a lot of rebounds and blocks. Madar’s shooting technique has been improving since he arrived at Partizan. His calm, his vision to read defense and his ability to find the open man make him a special guard.
Madar won the 2019 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with the Israeli Under-20 team. Madar led the tournament in assists with 7.7 per game, along with 15.9 points. He played flawlessly in the final with Spain, with 17 points and 8 assists, making a lethal duo the whole tournament with Deni Avdija.
The Boston Celtics selected Madar with the 47th overall pick by in the 2020 NBA draft and have followed him closely this season. If he continues his development, there are chances that he will become their guard as soon as possible, having all the qualities to play in the NBA.
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