26.4.08

cska moscow players in the nba playoffs


while it is unfortunate that i cannot follow what is going on in the euroleague, i am still interested about the league. after all, great players in the nba came from europe. also reports about the nba expanding to europe got me more interested on who's who in the euroleague.

since its playoffs time in the nba, i started a bit of a research to kill time actually and found a list of notable players from cska moscow who made it to the nba. the list included three names which i am familiar with and they are on teams still playing after the regular season.

first is ak-47, andrei kirilenko. yep, he's still playing for the jazz although he is no longer the ak-47 before the arrival of carlos boozer and deron williams. the russian though proved that he can still score after leading the jazz in game 1 of their best-of-seven series against the houston rockets.

a bit of a trivia on adrei kirilenko: this guy came up with a statline considered to be one of the closest to a quintuple-double in a game against the los angeles lakers on january 3, 2006. he posted 14 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and 7 blocks. although he failed to record even a double-double, he was the latest player to record a 5x6. that's posting at least six at least 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, and 6 steals.

another former cska moscow playing in this year's playoffs is gordan giricek suiting up for the phoenix suns. the suns is the third team for this shooting guard this season. he started with the jazz along with kirilenko but had a falling out with coach jerry sloan. he was then traded to the 76ers in december last year for kyle korver. the sixers then waived giricek and the suns signed him up for the rest of the season.

the third player from cska moscow with a team in the playoffs is darius songaila playing for the washington wizards. songaila started his nba career with the sacramento kings, then suited up for the chicago bulls before signing a five-year, $23 million contract with the wizards.

by the way, cska moscow will be looking to win the euroleague championship when it clashes with tau ceramica in the semis on may 2.