Pavel Podkolzin

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Pavel Podkolzin
Pavel Podkolzin.jpg
No. 23 – Sibirtelecom Lokomotiv Novosibirsk
Position Center
League Russian Basketball Super League
Personal information
Born (1985-01-15) January 15, 1985 (age 30)
Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Listed height 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
Listed weight 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001 Sibirtelecom Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (Russia)
2002–2004 Metis Varese (Italy)
20042006 Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
2006 Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
2006–2007 BC Khimki (Russia)
2007–2010 Sibirtelecom Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (Russia)
2010–2011 Metallurg Magnitogorsk BC (Russia)
2011–present Sibirtelecom Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (Russia)

Pavel Nikolaevitch Podkolzin (Russian: Павел Николаевич Подкользин) (born January 15, 1985)[1] is a Russian professional basketball player for Sibirtelecom Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. Formerly, he played in the NBA and the NBA Development League. He is a 2.26 m (7 ft 5 in) and 138 kg (304 lb) center.

Pro career[edit]

Podkolzin made his debut with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, in the Russian second division, during the 2001–02 season. In December 2001, he signed with Italy's Metis Varese, for whom he played from 2002 to 2004. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 2004 NBA Draft and promptly traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a future first-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.[2] He was originally available for selection in the previous year's draft, but withdrew[2] due to acromegaly, a pituitary disorder.[3][4] Podkolzin was considered to be a high draft pick in he 2004 draft because of his size, blocking ability and strength, but he was chosen late in the draft. Podkolzin averaged 6.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes in his first two Las Vegas Summer League Revue games.[5] On August 5, 2006, he was waived by the Mavericks after appearing briefly in just six games spanning two seasons.[6]

In 2006–07, he played in the Russian Super League for Khimki BC and former team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.

Russian national team[edit]

Podkolzin was a member of the junior Russian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2000 European Cadets Championship.


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