Kyle Hines: the greatest American in European basketball history

 

By: Meghan Carroll


Kyle Hines has 18 rings in 13 years...and he's not done yet

Kyle Hines, at the prime age of 34, has already been named a Hall of Famer. He hasn't even begun talking about retirement. 

With more championships than Bill Russell, Steph Curry and Larry Bird combined, Hines has accomplished more than basically all professional players around the world. Many would call him the LeBron James of Europe -- and he just recently added to his tremendous resume. 

Last Sunday, Hines won the Italian Cup with Olimpia Milano and was named a VTB League Hall of Famer in Russia. Two career-defining accomplishments, both taking place on the same day.

 

Just another week for Kyle Hines. 

Hines is simply the most accomplished American in EuroLeague history, winning 18 titles in just 13 years. Notably, he’s a six-time VTB League champion with CSKA Moscow and four-time EuroLeague champ.

Playing for four different teams in four different countries, nothing has stopped Hines from earning awards and championships with each squad. Just to name a few others: German League Champion, Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP (2011), Greek League Champion (2012), VTB League Defensive Player of the Year (2016) and EuroLeague 2010-2020 All-Decade Team.

 

In 2019, Hines started his own TBT team, Team Hines, bringing in a host of all-stars from the EuroLeague. The roster included Mike James, Nick Calathes, Bryant Dunston and Thomas Walkup.

After reaching the semifinals that year, Hines was not able to play in 2020 due to logistical complications with COVID. His team still played but lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Sideline Cancer. Even though the roster for 2020 was missing some of its most notable players, the 2019 one is not to be overlooked.

Hines’ fellow TBT teammate, Nick Calathes, is universally regarded as a top three passer in the world. He was a key offensive asset for Team Hines, averaging 7 assists per game in 2019. Mike James, one of the best players in the world outside of the NBA, was their top shooter in 2019 averaging 16.4 points per game. Although he also didn’t play in TBT 2020, they're hoping to re-sign him this summer.

 

Hines left his mark on the team with his defensive skills and rebounding, averaging 8.2 per game. .

On a recent episode of Inside TBT, Hines revealed that some of the 2019 powerhouse roster could be coming back. If that ends up coming to fruition, Hines will be a heavy favorite to win trophy number 19.