All-Decade Nominee: Alex Tyus

Nov 19, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

A paragon among shot blockers, Alex Tyus made his EuroLeague debut with Pallacanestro Cantu in 2012 and later played a season each for Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Galatasaray Istanbul. He is remembered most, however, for his central role in bringing Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv back to glory.

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Upon landing in Tel Aviv for the 2013-14 season, Tyus proved his chops as a game-changer. With an array of elegant alley-oops finishes, he led the league in two-point shooting accuracy and was chosen MVP for April 2014 as Maccabi overturned home-court advantage in the playoffs to reach the Final Four in Milan. There, his 10 points and 3 blocks contributed to an upset of CSKA Moscow in the semis before his 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks helped beat Real Madrid in overtime as Maccabi lifted a trophy that few had predicted.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2014
  • Euroleague April MVP 2013-14
  • Euroleague January MVP 2018-19
  • Led the EuroLeague in 2-pts percentage 2013-14 (72.3)

After two years in Turkey, Tyus returned to Maccabi between 2017 and 2019 and won the MVP for January award in 2019. He stands now as one of three players to block 200 or more shots this decade. He is also the shortest player – by at least 5 centimeters – ranked in the top 15 per-minute shot blockers all-time. If blocks were his signature, though, Tyus did plenty more, ranking fifth in two-point accuracy (64.2%) and seventh in offensive rebounds (304) over his seven EuroLeague seasons. Most of all, he was indispensable to one of the most unexpected EuroLeague champions of the 2010s.