Gal Mekel

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Gal Mekel
Position: Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 191
Nationality: Israeli
Born: 3/4/1988
Birthplace: Petah Tivka, Israel
Draft: not drafted
Drafted By: not drafted
College: Wichita State
NBA Career: 2013-t 2014
Mavs Tenure: 2013-2014

Gal Mekel (born March 4, 1988 in Petah Tivka, Israel) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on July 11, 2013.

Mekel played youth basketball in Israel before coming to the United States to play college ball with Wichita State University.

With the Shockers, he was a starter at point guard before the end of his freshman season averaging 4.0 points and 1.7 assists per game. The next year Mekel's numbers more than doubled as he raised his averages to 9.3 points and 3.7 assists. Despite his success, he chose to return to Israel after his sophomore season and turn professional.

Back in his home country he signed a three-year contract in 2008 with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was loaned out to the Galil Gilboa club where he actually began his career. The next season, despite sticking with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, he asked to again be loaned out to Galil Gilboa when he saw he wouldn't have much playing time with Tel-Aviv.

His third professional season, 2010-2011, is when it all began to come together for the 6'3 guard as he led Galil Gilboa to the league finals and won his first Israeli League MVP award.

Ready to expand his horizons, Mekel signed a two-year deal to play in the Italian Professional League but only stayed one year as his club dissolved at the end of the season due to financial difficulties.

Mekel drew some interest from the Utah Jazz in the summer of 2012 but chose to return to Israel where he won the league's Most Valuable Player award for the second time in three years.

With little left to prove in the Israeli League, Mekel listened when the Mavericks came calling in the summer of 2013. He was quoted as saying he liked the Mavs and felt the team really believed in him. On July 11, he signed a three-year deal with the team. He immediately informed his Israeli coaches that he would be skipping the Euroleague Championships and coming to Dallas to prepare for the upcoming season.

His first action was in the Las Vegas Summer League when he saw action in six games for Dallas' entry, averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 assists.

In his first season in the league, Mekel averaged 2.4 points, 2.0 assists and 9.4 minutes in 31 games. At the season's midpoint, he spent 21 games on the inactive list recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee due to a torn lateral meniscus.

Despite another successful stint with Dallas' Summer League team, Mekel was released after the team's first regular season game of the 2014-2015 season.

Only days after being released by Dallas, Mekel was set to join the Indiana Pacers but problems with his work visa slowed the process and Indiana chose to go in another direction.

He became only the second Israeli-born player to play in the NBA, joining fellow countryman Omri Casspi.