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.
Avtodor Saratov (VTB) inked 33-year old international guard Sergey Bykov (190-95kg-83). He played most recently at Lokomotiv (VTB). In 26 Euroleague games he recorded 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg last season. Bykov helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 28 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. Bykov contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Unics Kazan. The team played in thr... [read more]
Avtodor Saratov (VTB) inked 33-year old international guard Sergey Bykov (190-95kg-83). He played most recently at Lokomotiv (VTB). In 26 Euroleague games he recorded 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg last season. Bykov helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 28 games in VTB United League where he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. Bykov contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Unics Kazan. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Bykov had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. But in 13 Euroleague games he got just 1.5ppg. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.3apg. Bykov contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Bykov also played 29 games in VTB United League where he got 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.0apg. Among other achievements his team won Russian Cup in 2014. Bykov received also Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012. He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Bykov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002. He also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 80.0%. Bykov has spent his entire career in Russia playing for four other teams: CSKA Moscow, Spartak Vidnoye, Dynamo Moscow and Universitet-Yugra. Bykov's game is described as:
An SG who made a succesful transition to the point some years ago. He's very quick on the open court, passes the ball very well, and, of course, can finish by himself and shoot from the distance.
VTB League: Khimky crush visiting Avtodor - 20 hours ago
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Khimky - Avtodor 102:70 Khimky made it look easy as they cruised past Avtodor at home court tonight. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 25 points to lead the hosts to the sixth victory. Khimky set the tone early in the encounter. They dropped 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. Khimky stayed aggressive offensively in the second term. The hosts poured in 25 points to boost the lead at 19-point mark. Khimky did not slow down in the second half. They u... [read more]
Khimky - Avtodor 102:70
Khimky made it look easy as they cruised past Avtodor at home court tonight. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 25 points to lead the hosts to the sixth victory. Khimky set the tone early in the encounter. They dropped 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. Khimky stayed aggressive offensively in the second term. The hosts poured in 25 points to boost the lead at 19-point mark. Khimky did not slow down in the second half. They unloaded 48 points after the big break and cruised to the victory at the end. Jacob Pullen (184-PG-89, college: Kansas St.) provided 14 points, while Viacheslav Zaitsev (191-G-89) had 13 points in the win. Nick Minnerath (207-PF-88, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 22 points for Avtodor. Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Branden Frazier (190-G-92, college: Fordham) tossed in 9 points each in the loss.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2 [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia six years ago. Zubcic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%. Zubcic has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Croatia (Cibona, KK Zadar, Cedevita and Rudes). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.
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