Alexey Shved and Tornike Shengelia, both internatonals with Russia and Georgia national teams respectively, will play NBA-ball next season.
The Russian combo guard has agreed to play in Minnesota, while the forward from Georgia will start his NBA career from Brooklyn. While both are super talented players, Shved is the most likely to play from the start cause the T-Wolves probably had the worst backcourt (except for Rubio) of the league, last season.
Shved is an above average pick’n’roll player, the bread and butter of NBA’s playbook, and will be the back up of either guard positions, having the size to play also as a shooting guard. If he shows that he can defend too, Alexey could become a good starter down the road.
Shengelia has played the Summer League with the Brooklyn team to prove his worth, after being selected by the Nets at #54 in the last draft. In this process, with an average of 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, he earned a two year deal and a spot in the NBA. He has the versatility to play both forward positions, but the Nets aren’t a team that develop prospects, they have a win-now approach that will penalize his growth as player.
Jonas Valanciunas also is set to start his NBA career, having agreed to a rookie contract with the Raptors, who selected the Lithuanian center in the draft of 2011.