Eurobasket 2013: Newly Acquired Phoenix Sun Viachelav Kravtsov Looking Solid
Viacheslav Kravtsov didn’t see the floor much in his first season in the NBA last year with the Detroit Pistons. He played in only 25 games for Detroit and averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in just nine minutes per game while shooting 33-46 from the field overall.
This summer after his rookie year, though, he has been moved around quite a bit. The Pistons sent Kravtsov to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade initially. However, when the Bucks acquired Caron Butler not too long ago, Kravtsov was part of the package that the Bucks sent to the Phoenix Suns.
As it seems right now, Kravtsov will likely end up staying with the Suns, for this season at least. However as he is about to enter his second NBA season, he is trying to prove himself while playing with the Ukraine National Team at Eurobasket 2013, potentially to possibly earn some favor with the Suns.
Through eight games at the tournament, Kravtsov has played 17.9 minutes per game. In that role he has averaged 6.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, ranking sixth in the entire tournament in terms of blocks per game.
Obviously Kravtsov’s line hasn’t been incredible, but the 26-year-old has shown promise, including putting up 15 points, eight rebounds and one block on 6-8 shooting in a contest against Israel. Moreover, Kravtsov has shown, if nothing else, that he has the chance to be a good shot-blocker at the professional level.
Playing behind Marcin Gortat and rookie Alex Len in Phoenix, Kravtsov doesn’t seem like he will see much playing time this season. However, with the Suns rebuilding and restructuring, you never know what moves they will make and what will happen. If he does somehow end up getting an opportunity, Kravtsov could show some promise at the NBA level.
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