VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Aleksey Shved of Russia scores against Konstantinos Kaimakoglou of Greece (L) during the EuroBasket 2011 second round match between Greece and Russia at Siemens Arena on September 10, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Memphis Grizzlies, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, have made an offer to 23-year-old Russian point guard Alexey Shved, and according to his agent they are "interested."
From the latest, it seems as if Shved will make his decision by July 11, not having this drag out any longer than it needs to be.
Shved, who currently is playing in Russia, has been an intriguing prospect for some time now. However, I can't say I know all that much about his prospect as an NBA talent. But have no fear, the team at DraftExpress is here!
Watching Shved play, it’s tough not to be enamored with the terrific talent he displays, particularly his ability to play the pick-and-roll and operate in the open floor. He’s got great size for either backcourt position at 6-5 and is an extremely fluid, creative player with the ability to create his own shot, which is rare for a European prospect. He has all the typical tricks you see from Euro-style slashers, relying heavily on timing, pace, change of speed and herky-jerky shakes and crossovers to get his man off balance, but he also has an extra gear he can go to to get by his man using either hand, particularly in transition.
In this regard, his style of play is very similar to the way Goran Dragic played for Phoenix this season. Shved is an even better passer, though. He instinctively makes smart, simple passes within the flow of the offense, but he can also wow you at times with his imagination and his ability to thread the needle and find the open man diving to the rim for an easy basket.
Defense is the biggest issue for Shved in terms of making the transition to the NBA. His skinny frame and below-average wingspan raise significant concerns about his ability to defend either backcourt position in the NBA. As it is, Shved is already a major target for opposing coaches to post up and run through a barrage of screens—doing so can be a pretty attractive option in the half court.
Problems, problems, problems. The shooting actually concerns me a bit, but the lack of defense is, well, expected. The good news is that we're among the top teams in the league in help defense, and adding Tony Wroten allows us to play the matchups on the defensive side of the ball.
Again, I can't say I know all that much about Shved, but I am a bit intrigued. And if he does choose to play for the Grizzlies, I guess we'll get to know him better over the summer.
Stay tuned for more!