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Viktor Khryapa - SF/PF, 6'9, 218
Signed in Russia - Signed with CSKA Moscow
       Date of birth: 08/03/1982
       Country: Russia
     Drafted (NBA): 22nd pick, 2004
     Out of: CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  NBA Experience: 4 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 66

[...] Incidentally, for the first time in the award's history, Diamantidis didn't win the Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year award. The award instead went to ex-Bulls and Blazers forward Viktor Khryapa, and that more than anything highlights the difference between European and NBA ball; the athleticism. Khryapa couldn't defend particularly in the NBA because everyone was quicker than him. (This was particularly evident the one time Scott Skiles put Khryapa on LeBron James one on one after DNP-CDing Viktor for the previous month.) But in Europe, where the athleticism is not as prevalent (or as important), Khryapa does just fine. An elite all-around player, in fact.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 36

- Viktor Khryapa

Viktor Khryapa is one of Europe's assist leaders and one of the best players on the continent. As Kaun's team mate on CSKA Moscow (pronounced Chessker, to rhyme with Albert Wesker from Resident Evil), Khryapa is averaging 28.9 minutes, 7.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in the Russian Superleague, 30.3/10.1/6.4/4.5 in the Euroleague, and 27.1/9.3/6.5/4.4 in the VTB United League. He is 3rd in Russia in assists, 8th in the Euroleague and 2nd in the VTB; 2nd in Russia in rebounds, 5th in the Euroleague and 3rd in the VTB; 3rd, 4th and 2nd in steals. And he has also averaged 0.9 blocks per game in all three competitions. Khryapa doesn't score much because he's not a big scorer, but he's doing everything else well. And now that he's in a league where he doesn't have to check LeBron James one on one, he's doing damn well.

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Signed in Russia


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