Spurs' stash Adam Hanga wins 2016-17 Euroleague's 'Best Defender Award'


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San Antonio Spurs foreign stash, forward Adam Hanga, has been voted as the Euroleague's "Best Defender Award" for 2016-17 season.

Hanga, who plays for Spanish team Baskonia, was honored by Euroleague coaches as he ranked fifth in steals this season and led his team in blocked shots.


He tied for the team lead in steals with 1.3 per game and his total of 42 thefts were tied for the fifth most in all of the EuroLeague. Hanga also paced the team with 22 blocked shots and was second in defensive rebounds with 3.5 per game.
Moreover, he stood out as the only player with more than 20 blocked shots who did not play either the center or power forward positions. He played a key role in Baskonia holding opposing teams to the third-lowest two-point shooting percentage (49.0%) in the regular season.

Hanga has made it clear he wants to come to the NBA next season. Considering the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich preach defense, he might be making his wish come true.

"It is my intention to play in the NBA next season. I am 27 years old and believe this is the right moment."

He is a 6-7, 205 pound athletic forward with the ability to slash to the rim, score in bunches, dunk with ferocity, and run the floor.

The Spurs selected Hanga in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

What say you Spurs fans? Think it is time for the Spurs to bring Hanga over? Let me know at @JeffGSpursZone.

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