Alexey Shved: a name that NBA fans may have been a bit too eager to forget. Shved spent three seasons in the NBA before heading back to Russia in 2015 for a deal that made him the highest paid player outside of the NBA. After picking up an MVP award in the VTB United League this past season, Shved is planning on voiding his contract with BC Khimki. Rumor has it, Shved is eyeing a return to the NBA. Should an NBA team take a chance on Shved?
Shved is 28 years old and averaged 22.8 points and 5.2 assists for Khimki last season in just under 30 minutes a game. Perhaps more importantly, he averaged 44.9% shooting from the field and 38.2% from deep. Shved’s shooting in the NBA left much to be desired, shooting just 36.9% from the field and 30.6% from three. However, Shved’s shooting improved from his first year in the league to his last, improving 2.5% from the field and 4.3% from three. Pair his shooting improvements (both in and outside of the NBA) with an added maturity (we don’t need another “change your face” moment this time around), and Shved is looking like a very serviceable player, worthy of a roster spot for some NBA team.
Had the Minnesota Timberwolves not already sign Jamal Crawford, a reunion with Shved would have been interesting. The Milwaukee Bucks appear to be a good fit, they lack a decent backup shooting guard, and could use Shved’s scoring off the bench. Similarly, Oklahoma City and New Orleans could also be possible destinations.
Perhaps Jeremy Lin is the best evidence to show why Shved deserves a return to the NBA. Since Linsanity took off, Lin has constantly changed his hairstyle. He’s sported multiple ponytails, a mohawk, braids, and just about everything in between. Lin’s ever evolving hair help make him such a fun personality. Lin proves that can’t ever have too much great hair on a basketball team. So at the very least, Shved should return to the NBA as a hair guy. Shved switched his hairstyle several times over the past few years. Who could forget this gem?
At bare minimum, Shved has an opportunity to help up the hair-game of an NBA team. Jokes aside, Shved deserves a second shot at the NBA. His scoring ability could really help a playoff team coming off of the bench.