Kaun at the 2011 PBL All-Star Game
May 8, 1985 |
Tomsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Florida Air Academy
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Alexander "Sasha" Olegovich Kaun (Russian: Александр Олегович Каун, born May 8, 1985) is a Russian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball in the United States for the University of Kansas for four seasons, where he won an NCAA championship in 2008 before being selected with the 56th overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2008 NBA draft. He played seven seasons in Russia for CSKA Moscow. In 2015, he returned to the United States and played his only NBA season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he won an NBA championship in 2015–16. Kaun became one of the first Russians, along with Timofey Mozgov, in NBA history to win an NBA championship. He also represented Russia in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
High school and college career
In high school at the Florida Air Academy, Kaun averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior and 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game as a senior. He led his team to a 23–0 record and to the Florida state championships. During the fall of 2003, he elected to play college basketball for Bill Self at the University of Kansas. Duke and Michigan State also recruited him heavily.
During his freshman season with the Kansas Jayhawks, he played in 27 games, starting twice. In his sophomore season he helped the Jayhawks to an 80–68 win against the Texas Longhorns, which made the Jayhawks the 2006 Big 12 Conference champions. During his senior year, he was the back-up center for the Jayhawks and with them he won the 2008 NCAA Championship. He graduated with a degree in computer science and was selected to the Academic All Big 12 Basketball Team three times, in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
CSKA Moscow (2008–2015)
Kaun was drafted 56th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He was the final draft pick in Sonics history, before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City. His NBA draft rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for cash considerations.
In the 2014–15 season, CSKA Moscow has managed to advance to the Euroleague Final Four for fourth straight season, after eliminating Panathinaikos for the second straight season in the quarter-final series with 3–1. However, in the semifinal game, despite being dubbed by media as an absolute favorite to advance, once again lost to Olympiacos. The final score was 70–68, after an Olympiacos comeback in 4th quarter, led by Vassilis Spanoulis. CSKA Moscow eventually won the third place after defeating Fenerbahçe with 86–80. In his "contract year", Kaun had the best season since coming in the club, starting in all 30 games played in the Euroleague and averaging career-high 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds on 69.1% shooting from the field.
After winning his fifth VTB United League championship with CSKA, there were some reports that Kaun had retired from professional basketball. A day later, Kaun denied these reports, adding that he is, however, done playing basketball in Europe.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–2016)
On September 9, 2015, Kaun signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made his debut for the Cavaliers on October 28, recording one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in a 106–76 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Over the first half of the 2015–16 season, Kaun appeared in just nine games for the Cavaliers, scoring a season-high four points on two occasions. On April 11, 2016, Kaun was assigned to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers' D-League affiliate, for a day of training. He was reassigned to Canton the next day to help the team in Game 1 of the D-League Eastern Conference Finals against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The next day, he was recalled by the Cavaliers. Kaun did not play a single game for the Cavaliers during their playoff run, a run that ended with the Cavaliers defeating the Golden State Warriors 4–3 in the 2016 NBA Finals to win the championship. Kaun and his teammate, Timofey Mozgov, became the first Russians to win an NBA championship.
On July 15, 2016, Kaun was traded, along with cash considerations, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum. He was waived by the 76ers on July 17, and six days later, he announced his retirement from professional basketball.
Russian national team
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Kaun won an NBA championship|
|Led the league|
- "Cavaliers Acquire Draft Rights to Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun". NBA.com. June 26, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- "CSKA signs Terence Morris, Sasha Kaun". Euroleague.net. June 22, 2008.
- "Kaun signs with CSKA". Kuathletics.cstv.com. June 24, 2008.
- "CSKA re-signs Alexander Kaun". cskabasket.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- "CSKA Moscow routs Panathinaikos to claim Final Four berth". euroleague.net. April 22, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Spanoulis comes through again as Olympiacos stuns CSKA". euroleague.net. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". eurolague.net. May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Former Kansas center Sasha Kaun retires from pro basketball at the age of 30". The Kansas City Star. June 8, 2015.
- "Sasha Kaun anuncia su retirada". acb.com (in Spanish). June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- Bedore, Gary (June 9, 2015). "Former KU center Sasha Kaun has not retired from professional basketball". kusports.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- "Cavs Sign Center Sasha Kaun". NBA.com. September 9, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- "Love leads Cavaliers past Grizzlies 106-76". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- "Sasha Kaun 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- "Cavs Assign Sasha Kaun to Canton Charge". NBA.com. April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Cavs Recall Kaun and McRae". NBA.com. April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Cavaliers Assign Kaun and McRae to Canton Charge". NBA.com. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- "Cavs Recall Kaun and McRae - April 13, 2016". NBA.com. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- "Sixers Complete Trade With Cleveland". NBA.com. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- "Sixers waive Sasha Kaun". philly.com. Philadelphia Media Network. July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- Bedore, Gary (July 23, 2016). "Former Jayhawk Kaun reveals retirement". kusports.com. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
- Pluto, Terry. Cleveland Cavaliers can thank Danny Ferry for the addition of Sasha Kaun -- Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 25, 2015.
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