ANALYSIS: It's been a breakthrough season for Halperin, who until this season was just another good player on one of the deepest teams in Europe, Maccabi Tel Aviv. This season the Israeli native took his game to Slovenia, where he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana, also a top European team, but a place where Halperin would be an unquestioned starter and allowed to grow. By the middle of the season, it was apparent that Halperin was one of the best young guards in Europe. Although he is the size of a typical shooting guard, Halperin is at his best with the ball in his hands, making decisions and also making big shots when his team needs them. He has all the leadership qualities for the position and is cool in the game's biggest moments. He can shoot the three-pointer and also make plays for himself and his teammates by beating his man off the dribble. He sizes up game situations well and always seems to be on the same page with his coaching staff. In Europe, Halperin is a better athlete than most players he will face, but even in the NBA he will have enough athleticism to get by. Unlike many European guards, Halperin is a better than average defender.