Vitaly Potapenko

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Vitaly Potapenko
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Center
Personal information
Born (1975-03-21) March 21, 1975
Kiev, Ukraine SSR, USSR
Nationality Ukrainian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
College Wright State (1994–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 1992–2008
Career history
1992–1994 Budivelnyk (Ukraine)
19961999 Cleveland Cavaliers
1999–2002 Boston Celtics
20022006 Seattle SuperSonics
2006–2007 Sacramento Kings
2007–2008 MMT Estudiantes (Spain)
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,995 (6.5 ppg)
Rebounds 2,725 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 418 (0.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Vitaly Nikolaevich Potapenko[1] (Ukrainian: Віталій Миколайович Потапенко, pronounced vee-TAH-lee poe-TAH-pen-koe,[1] born March 21, 1975) is a Ukrainian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Wright State University and was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Nicknamed "The Ukraine Train",[1] he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, as well as MMT Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB.[2][3]

Since retiring as a player, Potapenko has served as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers, the Dakota Wizards,[4] and the Santa Cruz Warriors. In June 2013, it was reported that Potapenko would become the player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[5]

NBA transactions

Other

  • Potapenko was a sociology major at Wright State.[1]
  • His second-favorite sport is soccer.[1]

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