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Draft Watch: Shvedding the Defense (Alexey Shved; CSKA Moscow)

Good afternoon everybody.  My focus today is to introduce you all to Russian basketball star Alexey Shved.  Rumors have been surfacing from everywhere that Shved will be in the NBA next season, and the Timberwolves are a team that show significant interest in the 23-year old shooting guard.  In all honesty I wasn’t able to find much of a highlight reel with exception to a Euroleague Final Four game.  I’m aware that this analysis will be rather incomplete due to the lack of footage available, but I did the best I could to scrap together some information.

Just a few things about Shved before I start to break him down:

  • 6′ 5″- Decent height for a shooting guard
  • 161 lbs- That’s no typo, he actually weighs 161 lbs!
  • Averaged 10.6 ppg and 3.0 apg in just 21.6 mpg in the Euroleague this season
  • His team, CSKA Moscow, features former NBA players such as Andrei Kirilenko (AK-47), Victor Khryapa, and Nenad Krstic.
  • Shved himself cannot be drafted, but is free to sign as a rookie free agent with any team.

After watching the video one can only get a rough idea of what type of player he will be.  He can shoot free throws and makes getting to the line effortless at times during the highlight.  Shved is a decent passer for a shooting guard, shown by his assist totals and his pin point passes in transition on the highlight reel.  He seems like a confident shooter from anywhere on the floor, and his 3-Point percentage in the NBA should hover around 40%.  There’s little doubt that the man is very talented on the offensive end, but there will always be concerns about his defense.

Shved only averaged 0.6 steals a contest with CSKA this year, and his size will make scouts wonder whether or not he can handle being pushed around in the NBA. He’s going to have to put on some weight to prevent being embarrassed by bigger guards.  Then again, this is what most scouts harked on Kevin Durant for.  I’m not saying he will be the next Durantula, but players who aren’t physically imposing have experienced great success in the NBA.  Earl Boykins, Spud Webb,  and Allen Iverson are wonderful examples of ‘undersized’ players.

Although the Wolves are looking for a perimeter player in the draft, it wouldn’t hurt them to take a chance on Shved.  The asking price is supposedly just 3 years at $10 million, so if he doesn’t pan out the contract is easy to move.  David Kahn should take some more time to evaluate Shved and see whether or not he would be a good fit for the team.  This team could put a division three shooting guard out there and he would outplay Wes Johnson easily.  Teams have taken on low risk international players before and came out greatly rewarded for it, so it would be interesting to see how Minnesota approaches this situation.


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