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55  -  Viacheslav Kravtsov - C, 6'11, 254
Phoenix Suns - Acquired via trade in August 2013
       Date of birth: 08/25/1987
       Country: Ukraine
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2009
     Out of: BC Kyiv (Ukraine)
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2005 - 2010 BC Kyiv (Ukraine)
July 2010 Boston Celtics (Summer League)
August 2010 - June 2012 BC Donetsk (Ukraine)
July 2012 - present Detroit Pistons (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
11th August, 2010 Ukraine Signed with BC Donetsk.
22nd June, 2011 Ukraine Signed a two year extension with BC Donetsk. Included a team option for 2012/13.
11th July, 2012 Ukraine Left BC Donetsk.
14th July, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year, $3 million contract with Detroit.


From blog:


   2010 Summer League Rosters: Boston Celtics
2010-07-06

Vyacheslav Kravtsov

Kravtsov is one of the best centres in the whole of the Ukraine. That's good. Then again, the Ukraine isn't known for its output of quality seven footers.

Kravtsov has spent his entire career with BC Kyiv, a team that features no imports and who owe quite a significant debt to Clay Tucker. Last year in the Ukranian Superleague, Kravstof averaged 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and a league leading 2.7 blocks in 29 minutes per game; to put that into some context, the league's second best shotblocker was former NBA draft pick and serial Ethiopian adopter, Dan McClintock, at 1.9bpg. And here is one such block of Kravstov's, an emphatic swat of an EWE Baskets Oldenburg player that might or might not be Je'kel Foster:



Nice.

Unfortunately, Kravtsov's offensive game is not as nice. He scores highly in the Ukraine, but it's born through size advantage alone. Kravs cannot post, shoot or hit foul shots, and while he can pass the ball and make shots around the basket, someone else has to get him the look. (And even then, he might drop the pass.) He shot 70% from the field, but he also turned it over 2.6 times a game, and it wasn't as an offensive creator. Kravtsov is intriguing because of his size, defensive presence and decent athleticism, but the recently signed Erden just took Boston's project centre roster spot.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010 Summer League
2010-09-17

- Vyacheslav Kravstov - Kravstov has moved from Ukrainian team BC Odessa to Ukrainian team BC Donetsk. Donetsk went bankrupt partway through last season and were thrown out of the Ukrainian Superleague - they were unbeaten league leaders at the time.

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Detroit
2013-07-08

Viacheslav Kravtsov

Kravtsov had a partially guaranteed contract for this season that became guaranteed when he was not waived by July 29th, so he'll be back. And he should be. He's a legitimate defensive centre with offensive skills to boot (and his 29.7% free throw percentage is an anomaly - he shot 70% over the preceding three seasons. But he should also spend a little time in the D-League. For whatever reason, the Pistons never sent him there last year, and while they played him in 25 NBA games, it was only in a bit part role. The NBA and its coaches may be a better place to learn, but a 10-15 game run-out on assignment to actually employ those skills learnt and build up some confidence (or even trade value) would consolidate that. Maybe next year.

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