By Amy Samin
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is pleased to announce that David Logan has signed with the club for the next two years.
Maccabi’s head coach David Blatt spoke about the guard from London (where he is coaching the Russian national team in the Olympics): “We looked for a combo-guard with Euroleague experience and shooting ability, and Logan meets all of those requirements. He’s a competitive player who wants to win and to play for Maccabi, and we’re very happy he has joined us.”
David Logan (29, 6’1”), a guard who holds both American and Polish citizenship, began his career at the University of Indianapolis, where he posted averages of 12.7 points and 2 assists per game in his first season. With the years his average improved, and in his senior year he averaged an amazing 28.6 points per game, along with 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds. His performance earned him the NCAA II Player of the Year Award. Despite his impressive averages, Logan was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft, and signed with Italian team Pallacanestro Pavia at the start of the 2005 – 2006 season.
In December of 2005 Logan moved to Israeli team Hapoel Ramat Hasharon under Miki Berkowitz. Logan finished that season with an average of 15.4 points in 22 games. The following season Logan returned to the U.S., joining the Fort Worth Flyers in the NBA Development League. He finished that season with the Polish team SKS Starogard.
The 2007 – 2008 season saw Logan playing for Eurocup team Turow Zgorzelec of Poland, which he led to the Final Eight while averaging 18.6 points per game. The following year Logan joined the Polish team Asseco Prokom (called Gdynia today), helping his team attain their sixth straight national championship and finishing his first Euroleague season with averages of 16.9 points and 2.7 assists.
In his second season with Prokom, Logan was one of the biggest surprises in the Euroleague, leading the Poles to their first-ever appearance in the quarterfinal round and to their single victory in the series against Greek powerhouse Olympiacos. Logan finished that season with averages of 15.3 points and 3.4 assists, and with a 56% shooting average. After leading his team to two Polish Championships, Logan became one of the most in-demand players in Europe, and was lured to Spain by Caja Laboral for the 2020 – 2011 season.
In 2010 – 2011 Logan posted averages of 10 points and 2.4 assists in the Euroleague and 8.3 points per game in the Spanish League. Logan’s best Euroleague game of that season came against Maccabi, which he finished with 25 points and an index score of 27 points. Logan led his team to victory in the first game of the playoff series against Maccabi and finished the series with an average of 10.3 points.
Incidentally, Logan’s best game in the Eurocup came at home against Hapoel Jerusalem, when he scored 34 points on 5 of 9 shooting from outside the arc. Logan also played well in Malha Arena, hitting 6 of 11 from downtown on his way to 20 points.
Last season, Logan moved from Spain to Greece, where he played for the outgoing Euroleague Champions, Panathinaikos Athens. Logan came off the bench to average 7.4 points per game in the Euroleague regular season, on his way to an overall average of 6.5. One of Logan’s best games of the season came in the playoffs against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, when he scored 11 points and made 3 assists in the first game of the series in Athens. In the Greek League, Logan averaged 9.7 points per game.
Logan, who has Polish citizenship, played with the Polish National Team in the 2009 EuroBasket under Israeli coach Muli Katzurin, and posted impressive averages of 15.5 points and 4.5 assists – enough to earn him third place in assists and fifth place in points for the competition. In his best game he scored 23 points and made 9 assists against the Bulgarian National Team, which was then being coached by Israeli Pini Gershon.