Wolves sign Russian guard Alexey Shved - Jul 26, 2012
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The latest European addition to the Minnesota Timberwolves will be able to use a deep backcourt to ease his transition to the NBA.
That's the view of Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, who in announcing Alexey Shved's signing Wednesday took pains to make clear the 23-year-old Russian will not be asked to be a consistent producer for the team during his rookie season.
This year in particular I think it's important to not put too much pressure on him, Kahn said.
Though point guard Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Wolves still have Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea at point guard, plus Malcolm Lee and whoever else is acquired over the rest of yet another active offseason.
The 6-foot-5 Shved is a shooting guard first, but he can move to the point guard spot, too. Kahn, who first saw Shved play last year, was taken by Shved's creativity with the ball.
Shved spent the last six seasons playing professionally in Russia and for his country's national team. Most recently, he scored a game-high 22 points to go with six assists to help Russia beat Nigeria for a spot in the London Olympics tournament. The Summer Games begin this weekend.
But the NBA is always where he's wanted to ultimately be. On a conference call with reporters, using his agent as a translator, Shved said he's played the sport since he was 6 or 7 years old, remembering his coach and father, Victor, bringing home VHS tapes of NBA games for him to watch.
He was hooked.
I told my mom and dad that this is my wish to play like the guys on TV, Shved said.
He watched more-modern video of the Timberwolves last season, before he knew of their interest in him. Like anyone else, he saw a stark difference in the quality of play before and after Rubio's injury.
What I like about the team is the players are very young, Shved said, adding: I think that it will be a good fit for me.
He's been listed around 160 pounds, unquestionably thin. Kahn said he wasn't worried.
When he arrives we can make him stronger, but there are other skinny players in our league who've been successful, Kahn said. I have very high hopes for him.
Shved's signing was rather anticlimactic, considering the news of his agreement has been out for weeks. There is still plenty else going on in the front office with the roster, most notably a three-team trade between Minnesota, Phoenix and New Orleans.
According to a person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because it's pending completion of routine logistical matters, the Wolves will send first-round bust Wes Johnson and a first-round draft pick to the Suns and cash to the Hornets. The Wolves will get guard Jerome Dyson, two second-round draft picks and get back retiring center Brad Miller's contract from the Hornets that allows them to create more space under the salary cap.
The Wolves also have an agreement pending with guard Brandon Roy. Kahn said he expects to finalize Roy's contract soon but declined to comment on any other moves, including the pending trade or the reported interest in Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81).
The 31-year-old Kirilenko spent last season in Russia after 10 years with the Utah Jazz. The 6-foot-9 small forward averaged 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during that time. Shved said he hasn't spoken with his fellow Russian national team member about Kirilenko's interest in Minnesota, preferring to keep his focus on the Olympics.
All-Star Kevin Love has more than once voiced his preference for urgency in building a winning team around him, and Kahn was asked on the conference call about Love's outlook.
I think sometimes Kevin thinks that he's the only person here who wants to make the playoffs next year. I think we all are motivated to do so. It's just the right time, Kahn said, adding: Provided we stay healthy we think that next season, that's the year where this is within our reach.
Kahn also suggested Love's perceived impatience is connected to losing so many games with the Wolves at the beginning of his career.
He was born into a situation of a team that was many years away, as opposed to other players in effect born into many more advantageous situations, Kahn said. I share his urgency but only in a healthy way. Everything we do is in keeping with making this team a competitive team, not only for next season but for seasons beyond.
Superleague 1 Round 2 of Finals. Univ. Surgut register second straight win - 2 days ago
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FINAL Univ.Surgut - Irkut 81-72 Univ.Surgut prevailed against Irkut for 2-0 lead in Finals. Universitet-Yugra made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Irkut Irkutsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed... [read more]
Univ.Surgut prevailed against Irkut for 2-0 lead in Finals. Universitet-Yugra made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Irkut Irkutsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Konstantin Novikov (202-87) added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Irkut Irkutsk. Top scorers: Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 26+5reb+4ast, A.Fedorchuk 15+9reb, A.Ivanov 10+2reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 8+5reb+4ast, A.Pushkin 7+2reb, A.Savenkov 6+9reb+4ast Irkut: A.Varnakov 15+4reb+5ast, A.Zakharov 15+2reb+3ast, A.Sayapin 9+3reb, E.Muraviev 9+3reb, K.Novikov 8+11reb+4ast, G.Gerasimenko 6+2reb+1ast
Novosybirsk bounced back from the starting loss and held off Spartak-Primorie to even the consolation final series. Power forward Aleksandr Lavnikov (205-91, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Dmitriy Makeev (190-96) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Novosybirsk's coach Vladimir Pevnev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (208-90) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Spartak-Prim. Top scorers: Novosybirsk: D.Makeev 20+2reb+3ast, A.Lavnikov 17+10reb+4ast, G.Goldyrev 16+7reb+1ast, A.Kurtsevich 8+5reb, K.Pisklov 6+1reb+1ast, A.Dvalishvili 5+3reb Spartak-Prim.: A.Kirdyachkin 21+8reb+1ast, M.Krivosheev 20+8reb+1ast, F.Klyuchnikov 14+2reb+1ast, A.Mateyunas 5+3reb+6ast, I.Savelyev 4+2reb, V.Babaylov 3+1reb
Superleague 1 Round 1 of Finals. Univ. Surgut claim opening win - 3 days ago
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FINAL Univ.Surgut - Irkut 75-63 Univ. Surgut held off Irkut in Game 1 of Finals. Universitet-Yugra dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Irkut Irkutsk's 22. 24 personal fouls committed by Irkut Irkutsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former internationa... [read more]
Univ. Surgut held off Irkut in Game 1 of Finals. Universitet-Yugra dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Irkut Irkutsk's 22. 24 personal fouls committed by Irkut Irkutsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Irkut Irkutsk. Top scorers: Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 21+5reb+7ast, A.Fedorchuk 12+6reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 11+1reb+7ast, A.Pushkin 10+2reb, A.Savenkov 9+10reb, A.Ivanov 5+3reb Irkut: A.Zakharov 20+5reb+3ast, G.Gerasimenko 11+2reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 9+7reb+5ast, D.Zlobin 6+2reb+3ast, E.Muraviev 6+3reb, D.Ezhov 4+1reb
Spartak-Primorie cruised past Novosybirsk in the consolation finals opener. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. Center Alexey Kurtsevich (210-89) answered with 7 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Igor Novikov (192-90) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Novosybirsk. Novosybirsk's coach Vladimir Pevnev rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Spartak-Prim.: A.Mateyunas 20+3reb+4ast, M.Krivosheev 19+8reb+4ast, J.Martin 11+7reb+1ast, A.Kirdyachkin 10+6reb, V.Belov 8+7reb+3ast, F.Klyuchnikov 3+5reb+6ast Novosybirsk: A.Lavnikov 10+3reb, G.Goldyrev 8+3reb, A.Kurtsevich 7+9reb+1ast, D.Makeev 7+3reb+3ast, A.Dvalishvili 6+5reb, D.Korshakov 6+3reb+1ast
Nikita Balashov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport). He contributed to P.Zvaigzdes' victory against the closely-ranked Juventus in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He contributed to P.Zvaigzdes' victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (18-16) 97-91 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game.
Balashov scored 9 points in 16 minutes on the court.
Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (15-19) is placed seventh in the LKL.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Balashov averages: 7.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(66-106), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 63.6% in 23 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former University international center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87, currently plays in Lithuania). Kashirov contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Siauliai (6-28) 69-51 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Dzukija Alytus (9-25) is placed eighth in the LKL.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Kashirov has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 64.9%.
Former Spartak St.Petersburg starter played for the Russian university national team in 2011.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Fedor Dmitriev (204-84, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland). He managed to help Anwil Wloclawek in a victory against the fifth-ranked Rosa (18-11) 80-74 in the Polish PLK last Monday.
Dmitriev recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes.
Anwil Wloclawek (23-7) is placed first in the PLK.
It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Dmitriev's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 75.0% in 28 games.
He played for the Russian national team eleven years ago.
#4. Guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Mgzavrebi (9-18) 87-72 in the Georgian Superleague last Friday.
Babunashvili scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Kutaisi Kutaisiis placed in the Superleague.
Babunashvili's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Georgian.
Babunashvili used to play for the Russian U18 national team
back in 2008.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1. Experienced Dmitriy Glebov (196-F-84, currently plays in Ukraine). Glebov could not help one of league's weakest teams Dnipro (21-6) to beat Khimik (22-5).
He scored only 4 points and added 4 assists.
Dnipro was defeated 75-71 on the road by the second-ranked Khimik.
Glebov's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg.
#2.Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Holon in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (15-13) in the Israeli Winner League.
He recorded only 4 points and blocked 2 shots in 19 minutes.
Hapoel Holon was edged 73-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Hapoel Jerusalem.
It's Chubrevich's first season with the team.
This year Chubrevich's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.0rpg in 27 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
#3.Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a Falco KC's victory against the fourth-ranked ZTE KK (20-11) 80-68 in the Hungarian A Division on Sunday night.
Pustahvar scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Falco KC Szombathely (20-11) is placed third in Places 1-5 group.
There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
This season Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.
#4.Igor Simin (199-SF-84, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hasharon (15-11) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (16-10) in the Israeli National League (second division).
Simin recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes.
But the eighth-placed Hasharon (15-11) lost 76-83 in Nes Ziyona to the higher-ranked (#4) Ironi Nes-Ziona in the Play-Offs group.
It was Hasharon's first loss after five consecutive victories.
This year Simin's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg in 23 games.
He has both Russian and Israeli nationalities.
Despite Simin's Russian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#5.Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense (18-15) in their game against Lleida Basquet (17-16) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
He scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 34 minutes.
Ourense lost 66-78 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#10) Lleida_Basquet.
Flis' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
This year Flis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg and 5.4rpg in 33 games.
He also holds two passports: Russian and Spanish.
#6.Albert Kuppe (200-F-88, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help MLP Academics Heidelberg in their game against Kirchheim Knights in the German ProA (second division).
Kuppe scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was defeated 77-66.
Kuppe's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
He has dual citizenship: Russian and German.
Despite Kuppe's Russian passport, he previously played for the German U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.
#7.Alexander Kravtsov (194-F-87, currently plays in Portugal) led Angrabasket to a 3-point victory against the third-ranked Belenenses CF 81-78 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Saturday.
Kravtsov scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes.
This year Kravtsov has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg in 26 games.
#8.Pavel Micheev (201-F-83, currently plays in Kazakhstan) helped Barsy Atyrau win their game against one of league's weakest teams Kaspiy Aktau 86-82 in the Kazakhstan National League on Friday night.
He recorded 8 points.
This season Micheev has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
He has Russian and Kazakhstan nationalities.
#9.Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-C-85, currently plays in Kazakhstan) led Almat.Legion to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Tobol 98-97 in the Kazakhstan Higher League (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Fadeikin was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes.
Fadeikin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in 30 games.
Fadeikin has dual citizenship: Russian and Kazakhstan.
#10.Andrey Litvinenko (195-G/F-97, currently plays in Kazakhstan) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vsevolod Fadeikin and both played together in the last Kazakhstan Higher League game.
Litvinenko led Almat.Legion to a 1-point victory against the fourth-ranked Tobol 98-97.
He scored 12 points.
Litvinenko's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg.
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