Alexander Volkov (basketball)

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Alexander Volkov
Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Volkov.jpg
Volkov, in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1964-03-28) March 28, 1964 (age 54)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
NationalityRussian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1986 / Round: 6 / Pick: 134th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1981–2002
PositionPower forward / Center
Number8
Career history
1981–1986BC Budivelnyk
1986–1988CSKA Moscow
1988–1989Budivelnyk
19891992Atlanta Hawks
1992–1993Reggio Calabria
1993–1994Panathinaikos
1994–1995Olympiacos
2000–2002Kyiv
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alexander Anatolevich Volkov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Волков; born March 29, 1964), commonly known as Sasha Volkov, is a retired Soviet-Ukraine professional basketball player of Russian ethnicity. He was born in Omsk, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union. At 6'10" (2.08 m) tall, he played at the power forward and center positions. He was versatile with the ball and quick on his feet, which made him a very sought after player.

Professional career[edit]

He played professionally for Stroitel (1981–1986; 1988–1989), CSKA Moscow (1986–1988), in the NBA, with the Atlanta Hawks (1989–1992), Panasonic Reggio Calabria (1992–1993), Panathinaikos (1993–1994), Olympiacos (1994–1995), and Kyiv (2000–2002).

He was the first player from the Soviet Union to be drafted to the NBA. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1988.

He was one of the founders of BC Kyiv. Volkov, who had already retired from playing in 1995, returned to play several games, to help the newly found team in 2000. He later also served as the team's President.[1]

National team career[edit]

Volkov won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, as a member of the senior Soviet Union national basketball team. He also briefly came out of retirement, to play for the senior Ukrainian national basketball team, in 1998.[2]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989–90 Atlanta 72 4 13.0 .482 .382 .583 1.7 1.2 .5 .3 5.0
1991–92 Atlanta 77 27 19.7 .441 .318 .631 3.4 3.2 .9 .4 8.6
Career 149 31 16.5 .455 .333 .613 2.6 2.2 .7 .3 6.8

Politics[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, he served as a chairman of the State Committee on Sports in Ukraine. In June 2007, he was elected the head of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.[3]

Volkov was elected to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2006 on the party list of the Our Ukraine Bloc.[4] But against the will of his faction, he joined the Anti-Crisis Coalition, which prompted early elections.[4] In the early parliamentary elections in 2007 he was reelected to Parliament through the Party of Regions.[4] Volkov was again elected through the Party of Regions to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012.[5] But left this party's faction in parliament on 17 April 2014.[6] and joined the (then new) faction Economic Development one week later.[7] In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Volkov failed to get reelected into parliament; he was number 9 on the election list of Strong Ukraine, but the party won only one constituency parliamentary seat.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Volkov looks forward to All Star Day". FIBA Europe. March 9, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  2. ^ Taylor, Richard (December 3, 1998). "Basketball: England frozen out by Ukraine". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Volkov Elected President Of Ukraine Federation". FIBA Europe. June 21, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c (in Russian) Волков Александр Анатольевич, file.liga.net
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian)Московский комсомолец:Рада як ніколи Moskovsky Komsomolets:Council as ever, Korrespondent.net (13 September 2012)
  6. ^ http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/site2/p_fraction_dep_changes?pidid=2355
  7. ^ http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/site2/p_fraction_dep_changes?pidid=2588
  8. ^ http://www.chesno.org/politician/65/
  9. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)

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Preceded by
Ivan Fedorenko
Chairman of the State Committee on Physical Culture and Sports
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Ivan Fedorenko
(Chairman of the State Committee of Youth, Sports, and Tourism)