Alexey Shved: Returns to CSKa Moscow after 9 years
It was inevitable after Khimki’s decision to relegate themselves to the Russian second division, that their top star, and one of the world’s best basketball players, would look for a new home. As it turns out this is not too far away from the one he had been staying for the past 7 years. Andrey Vatutin, the president of CSKa Moscow just announced that a deal for a 1 + 1 years’ contract has been finalized. News that will certainly have a great impact on next season’s Euroleague as well as on the odds that will now be offered for the games of the marathon. Odds that you can take advantage of if you open an original account at the best betting service.
Let’s meet Alexey Shved
He is now 34 years old and his career has seen quite a number of stops:
- CSKa Moscow from 2006 to 2012 intermittently (Khimki for 2007 and Dynamo Moscow 2009 and 2010)
- Minnesota Timberwolves from 2012 to 2014
- Philadelphia 76ers for 2014
- Houston Rockets from 2014 to 2015
- Khimki Moscow Region from 2015 to 2021
In this 15-year long career he has celebrated:
- In 2008: EuroLeague champion, Best Russian Young Player, VTB United League champion, Russian League champion
- In 2009: Russian League champion
- In 2011: Russian League champion
- In 2012: VTB United League champion, Russian League champion, Russian PBL Playoffs MVP
- In 2017: EuroCup MVP, All-EuroCup First Team, EuroCup Top Scorer, VTB United League MVP
- In 2018: All-EuroLeague Second Team, Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy (2018)
- In 2019: VTB United League scoring champion
His numbers for the latest Euroleague season have him leading the scorers averaging 19.8, the passers with 7.7 assists, the 3-point shooters succeeding in 3.1 shots made, and those who play a lot on the court by 32.5 minutes.
The statements to the press
The player said that he is very glad to be back home in the strongest European club and that he is anxious to be back on the floor in CSKa colors. Coach Itoudis followed the same lines by stating that he had already talked to Alexey several times and understood him to be ready to work in the team’s environment and add his skills to the equation that will bring the club closer to their goals.
President Vatutin had a lot more to say on the subject. He called Shved “an iconic figure for Russian basketball” and “the best player in Russia in recent years”. The question is whether he can turn from a solo superstar to a part of a team that can fit into a group of other superstars, playing for less time per game and with fewer opportunities to score. In short, in quite a different role than the one he had at Khimki.
Only time will give the answer to this question. As the new season progresses and the results of the games will be analyzed, we will write about the outcome of this new venture, so keep visiting our news section to stay informed.