#1. This week's number one is an international guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-31) in their last game. Despite Shved's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were badly defeated 105-88 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies.
He scored 10 points and added 9 passes in 31 minutes on the court.
It's Shved's first season with the team.
Shved has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 72.8% in the 45 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 Ivan Nelyubov (207-88, currently plays in Baltic League). He contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Sakalai (0-4) crushing them 81-55 in the Baltic League on Friday night.
Nelyubov scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Tartu Ulikool/Rock (4-1) is placed first in group H.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
The Top 16 already ended in the Baltic League.
This year Nelyubov averages: 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 59.6%(53-89) and FT: 65.4% in the 14 games.
He played for the Russian university national team in 2011.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Timofey Mozgov (215-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (33-21) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (21-32) in the NBA.
Mozgov scored only 4 points in 12 minutes.
The Denver Nuggets were edged 109-108 in Toronto by the Raptors.
It was Nuggets' third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Mozgov's overall stats are: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 72.7% in the 29 games.
He is also a member of the Russian senior national team.
#4. Guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Kutaisi (1-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Babunashvili's good performance his team was edged 75-72 at home by the lower-ranked Armia (#3).
He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Babunashvili also added 3 assists.
Babunashvili's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Georgian.
Babunashvili used to play for the Russian U18 national team
back in 2008.
#5. Former U20 international center Ruslan Pateev (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Arizona St. (7-5) in their game against the University of Utah (3-9) in the NCAA.
Pateev scored only 4 points in 18 minutes.
The Arizona St. lost 55-60 in Salt Lake City, UT to the University of Utah.
Pateev is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arizona St.'s roster.
This season his total stats are: 7.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the 10 games.
Pateev used to play for the Russian U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Maxim Zakharov (198-89, college: E.Utah JC, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-14) in their game against Spirou Charleroi (10-6) in the Belgian Ethias League. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
Zakharov recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes.
The bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost 67-79 in Charleroi to the higher-ranked (#3) Spirou.
It was VOO Verviers-Pepinster's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
Zakharov has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 12 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Russian team four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1. Experienced Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, currently plays in Greece) led PAOK to a victory against the 12th-ranked KAOD (5-11) 77-66 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
Papadopoulos recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
PAOK Thessaloniki (11-5) is placed fourth in the A1.
Papadopoulos is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 3.1apg.
Papadopoulos has a dual citizenship: Russian and Greek.
#2.Dmitry Flis (203-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a River Andorra's victory against the 11th-ranked Ourense (2-10) crushing them 81-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Flis scored 16 points and blocked 2 shots.
B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
Flis is currently second on the league's list of best blockers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg.
Flis is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Spanish.
#3.Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Kazrin to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-11) 96-85 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night.
Kazarnovski was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Kazrin/Galil Elion (9-8) is placed eighth in the National League.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Kazarnovski has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 8.9rpg and 3.2apg.
He has both Russian and Israeli nationalities.
Despite Kazarnovski's Russian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.
#4.Albert Kuppe (195-F-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Oettinger Rockets Gotha's victory against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights (8-13) 107-97 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Kuppe scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes.
BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (8-13) is placed 13th in the ProA.
This year Kuppe's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games he played so far.
He also holds two passports: Russian and German.
Despite Kuppe's Russian nationality, he previously played for the German U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.
#5.Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia) was the main contributor in Liepaja's surprising victory against the third-ranked Jekabpils (14-9) 95-88 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday.
Adediran was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points. It was his first game for Liepaja this season.
His team is placed ninth in the LBL.
Adediran holds both Nigerian and Russian passports.
#6.Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-C-81, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Batumi (3-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Batumi was crushed 105-66 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Olimpi.
Kvelashvili was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes.
This year Kvelashvili's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 6.2rpg in the 13 games.
He has Russian and Georgian nationalities.
#7.Youri Anissovets (203-F-88, college: Bevill St.-Fayette, currently plays in Canada) helped University of Calgary win their game against the Pronghorn 81-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday.
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
This year Anissovets' total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.5rpg in the 17 games.
#8.Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help NBC (9-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance NBC was defeated 92-80 on their home court in Nurnberg by the lower-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#14).
Khartchenkov was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 3 assists.
This season Khartchenkov has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.7apg.
He has Russian and German nationalities.
Despite Khartchenkov's Russian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team.
#9.Anton Indrikov (193-G-87, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to secure a victory for Rubon in their game against Sozh Gomel in the Belarusian Premier League, despite his good performance in Friday night's game.
Indrikov was the second best scorer with 12 points in 33 minutes.
But his team lost 69-77.
Indrikov belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 13.6ppg.
He also averaged so far 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg in the 19 games.
#10.Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Tsmoki-Minsk in their game against EWE Baskets in the EuroChallenge. Pustahvar cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was defeated 72-66.
Pustahvar's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
He holds both Russian and Belarusian passports.
Coach Nikolajs Mazurs (ex Vita Tbilisi) may sign at Avtodor - May 25, 2016
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Avtodor Saratov (VTB) is close to hire 36-year old Latvian coach Nikolajs Mazurs who currently worked atB.C. Vita Tbilisi in Georgia. The last season he coached at VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Mazurs was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2011. He was coaching Latvian U20 National Team two years ago, and coached also U18 National Team between 2013 and 2014. Mazurs has coach... [read more]
Avtodor Saratov (VTB) is close to hire 36-year old Latvian coach Nikolajs Mazurs who currently worked at B.C. Vita Tbilisi in Georgia. The last season he coached at VEF Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Mazurs was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2011. He was coaching Latvian U20 National Team two years ago, and coached also U18 National Team between 2013 and 2014. Mazurs has coached also professionally for other Latvian teams like LMT Basketbola Akademija and VEF LSPA Riga.
32-year old American power forward Josh Boone (208-108kg-84, college: Connecticut) is leavingBC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB). In 18 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.0apg this season. Boone also played at Kalev/Cramo (Alexela KML) in Estonian league earlier that season. In 7 VTB games he had 12.6ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.1spg and 1.6bpg. He also played 14 games in VTB United League where he had 13.4ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg. The last season Boone played at Al Manama (Pre... [read more]
32-year old American power forward Josh Boone (208-108kg-84, college: Connecticut) is leaving BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB). In 18 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.0apg this season. Boone also played at Kalev/Cramo (Alexela KML) in Estonian league earlier that season. In 7 VTB games he had 12.6ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.1spg and 1.6bpg. He also played 14 games in VTB United League where he had 13.4ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg. The last season Boone played at Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain. He helped them to win the cup. The previous (2014) summer Boone was tested by San Miguel Beermen (PBA) in Filipino league. In two games he had very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 18.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5bpg in 2014 season. The last (2014) season he played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 10 games he had 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in Central Division. The last (2014) summer Boone was tested by Barangay Ginebra (PBA) in Filipino league. In 2006 he was drafted by New Jersey Nets (NBA) in first round (23rd overall). Boone attended University of Connecticut and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award back in 2011. Boone has played previously professionally in NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and China (Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Has a great attitude, plays hard, wants to improve ... Strong defensively ... Explosive leaper, with good timing and instincts on blocked shots ... Giant wingspan gives him added size ... Fights hard for rebounds, hustles for loose balls ... Big strong hands, when he gets his hands on a rebound it's his ...
Needs to develop better offensive post moves ... Must develop a consistent mid range jump shot ...
23-year old Russian ex-international shooting guard Sergey Karasev (201-92kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Brooklyn Nets. In 40 NBA games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Karasev played there also last season. In 32 NBA games he averaged 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg. The previous (13-14) season he played at Canton Charge. In 19 D-League games he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.6apg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in East Di... [read more]
23-year old Russian ex-international shooting guard Sergey Karasev (201-92kg-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Brooklyn Nets. In 40 NBA games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Karasev played there also last season. In 32 NBA games he averaged 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg. The previous (13-14) season he played at Canton Charge. In 19 D-League games he averaged 13.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.6apg in 2013-14 season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in East Division. Three years ago Karasev was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers in first round (19th overall). Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award back in 2013. Karasev was also a member of Russian international program for some years. He played for Russian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2012. Karasev represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 0.0%, 3PT: 62.5%. Karasev has played also professionally in Russia (Zenit). His game is described as:
A young swingman who plays with great confidence and personality. Has great basketball IQ and reads what happens on the court very quickly. Great passer, he moves well without the ball and is a very good outside shooter. Great finisher with both hands too, has immense upside.
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