Kyle Hines, American center for AX Milan, has been named the best defender of the Euroleague 2021-22 after the vote made by the coaches of the participating teams.

The 35 year old player He has already won this award twice with CSKA Moscow in 2016 and 2018.

Walter Tavares, Real Madrid’s Cape Verdean center was the second in the votingn, while the Greek-American from Barcelona Nick Calathes was the third most voted.

This season, Hines averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in less than 24 minutes per game.

Hines becomes the second player to be chosen three times as the EuroLeague’s Best Defensive Player. The first was Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), who won it six times. Bryant Dunston (2014 and 2015) received the award in consecutive seasons with Olympiacos in 2014 and 2015 and Tavares was named Best Defender with Real Madrid in 2019 and 2021.

In addition to the aforementioned winnersCSKA players Victor Khryapa and Andrei Kirilenko got the award in 2010 and 2012respectively, Stephane Lasme was the 2013 winner with Panathinaikos and Adam Hanga took the trophy in 2017 with Baskonia.


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