Fridzon, in 2017.
VTB United League|
October 14, 1985|
Klintsy, Russian SFSR,
|Listed height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Vitaly Valeryevich Fridzon (Russian: Виталий Валерьевич Фридзон, born October 14, 1985) is a Russian professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League. He also represents the senior Russian national basketball team. Standing at 1.95 m (6 ft 43⁄4 in), he mainly plays at the shooting guard position, but he can also play at the point guard position.
Fridzon started his professional career in the Russian team Standart Toliatti, in 2001, and stayed with them until the end of the 2003–04 season.
Fridzon then moved to the prominent Moscow-based team Khimki. With Khimki, he won the Russian Cup in 2007, and the VTB United League championship in 2011, while also being the VTB United League Final Four MVP. A year later, he won the EuroCup 2011–12 season championship, the second-tier level European continental championship, thus giving his team a spot in the upcoming EuroLeague 2012–13 season, after a year of absence from that competition. In the 2012–13 season, he averaged a career-high 11.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, in 24 EuroLeague games. However, Khimki didn't win any trophies that season.
On June 13, 2013, Fridzon signed a two-year contract, with the option for a third season, with the Russian team CSKA Moscow. In his first season with CSKA, in the EuroLeague 2012–13 season, he averaged 7.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, over 31 games.
In the 2014–15 season, CSKA Moscow managed to advance to the EuroLeague Final Four, for the fourth straight season, after eliminating Panathinaikos for the second straight season. in the quarterfinals series, with a 3–1 series win. However, in the EuroLeague semifinal game, despite being dubbed by media as an absolute favorite to advance, CSKA once again lost to Olympiacos. The final score was 70–68, after a great Olympiacos comeback in 4th quarter, led by Vassilis Spanoulis. CSKA Moscow eventually won the EuroLeague third place game, after defeating Fenerbahçe, by a score of 86–80. Fridzon had nearly the same season, statistically speaking, like his first season with the club, averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game, over 23 games played in the EuroLeague. CSKA Moscow finished the season by winning the VTB United League season, after eliminating Khimki, with a 3–0 sweep in the league's finals series.
On June 16, 2016, he re-signed with the team, on a new two-year contract, with the option of another season.
On July 25, 2018, Fridzon and CSKA officially part ways after five years.
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 season in which Fridzon's team won the EuroLeague|
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- "CSKA Moscow routs Panathinaikos to claim Final Four berth". euroleague.net. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Spanoulis comes through again as Olympiacos stuns CSKA". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". eurolague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "CSKA wins championship!". vtb-league.com. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Vitaly Fridzon to continue with CSKA". cskabasket.com. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Vitaly Fridzon joins Lokomotiv Kuban". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- "Vitaly Fridzon Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
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