Shved, 23, has spent the last six seasons playing professionally in Russia. In 2011-12, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 23 Russian League games with CSKA Moscow. The Belgorod, Russia native was named the 2012 BEKO PBL Playoffs MVP by Sports Express after leading his club to the Russian National Championship, averaging 14.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 60.0 percent from beyond the arc during the postseason. - NBA.com
The 24 year old 6'6 guard from Russia has been on the NBAs radar since 2006! He went undrafted for some reason in this years draft and the Timberwolves, Thunder and Grizzlies were all rumored to be chasing after him. He eventually signed with the Timberwolves on July 25, 2012 for 3 years and around $9.5 million. The Russian guard joined an international loaded roster that features Ricky Rubio from Spain, J.J. Barea from Puerto Rico, Andrei Kirilenko from Russia, & Nikola Pekovic from Croatia.
Alexey really showed me three things weekend:
- Shved and Pekovic have GREAT chemistry on the pick and roll, and Shved can find that guy from anywhere on the court as witnessed by the pass from beyond the arc while double teamed to a rolling Pek in the paint (0:34 mark)
- Shved and Love run a great pick and pop around the permiter as teams either double Shved and he hits Love for the open jumper, or Love gets the double and gives it back to Shved beyond the arc from the open 3
- Shved can shoot the ball, knocking down 6 of 13 3pt shots and 12 of 26 overall in the 2 games
Yes his game logs shows some inconsistency, but the Wolves health issues have forced coach Rick Adelman to run many different starting lineups. It will be interesting to see how the Timberwolves rotations work themselves out when Brandon Roy returns, and Ricky Rubio playes 34+ minutes. Shved is playing well enough to stay on the court, but you never know how much value a coach puts on veteran players and leadership, and that is what J.J Barea and his championship ring bring to the Timberwolves roster.