T-Wolves scores big on Shved
The Russian commodity no longer a buried treasure outside Europe as he was snapped up by the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer
The hot pursuit of the player is visibly clear, averaging 10.6 points, 3.0 assists and drained 49 percent of his three point attempts in 21.6 minutes a game last season for C.S.K.A Moscow. And will suit up for his native country, Russia at this year's 2012 olympic games.
It's easy to be enamored when watching Alexey Shved play, you can't help but salivate profusely from the tremendous talent he displays.
A true point guard at 6'6, there's no question Shved's biggest asset is facilitating the offense, particularly running the pick 'n' roll and operating in the open floor where he excels at mostly. Shved instinctively delivers smart, simple, yet nifty passes within the flow of the offense, however, he can also mesmerize you at times with his creativity and flair, such as, lobbing a delicate no-look pass over his head, resulting into an alley-oop dunk finish by his teammate.
In the scoring department, the point guard wonder is primarily a shooter, blessed with sublime accuracy, and above all, assorts his shot selection well in the half court.
Shved isn't the quickest player, but extremely fluid, and obtains all the craft and skill one can ask for, whether it's adjusting a shot in mid air and ending a runner, herky-jerky shakes or the cross-over, to freeze or cripple his man on defense.
Just not a conventional presentation of a European born player we usually are accustomed of seeing. His athletism can't go off the radar as he's able to convert lobs and transition plays above the rim.
Timberwolves will also welcome a player with winning intangibles, always seems to produce when it really counts. That's an attribution to the sort of talent he possesses.
Shved offers plenty of upside heading to the future
Featuring at the starting point guard position might not be a lock for Ricky Rubio, in the not so distant future. A dilemma the T-Wolves might be facing on the horizon. Rubio might be the more razor accurate passer of the two on a regular basis, otherwise there isn't one area he edges over the Russian playmaker. But Rubio is still a kid blossoming into a very promising player, which makes it interesting for the Timberwolves.
In fact, it could be the closest to what we have encountered between two teammates out-dueling one another, head to head for the starting point guard position since Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford tussle back in 2008 for the Raptors.
How the Timberwolves benefit from all of this
In the end both point guards will push each other to the brink till one emerges the victor if that's the scenario where the two guards are too good to share point guard duties together on the team. The point guard position of the Timberwolves will solidify itself a great deal, hence, a win/win situation for the franchise prospers. The slightly lesser player in production gets shifted to another team in return for talent, filling the needs of the other positions on the roster. The future is looking really bright in Minnesota.