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Joe Dumars: Viacheslav Kravtsov can be effective right now

Joe Dumars on Viacheslav Kravtsov, via Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

“I absolutely still really like him,” Dumars said. “It’s just a matter of his learning curve. He’s going through the transition of being a European basketball player learning the NBA game, which is a different game. But he has an NBA skill set that you really can’t teach. You can’t teach 7 feet and you can’t teach a guy to be an instinctive shot blocker and rim protector and those are the things he does.

“He plays above the rim, athletic as heck, can really block shots. We love having him here as an option. If we get into a situation where we have to activate and play him, he’s shown he can be effective for us.”


  • Dec 21, 20124:08 pm
    by Westen


    Then do it. Drummond and Kravstov split the minutes at the 5, and we always have at least one effective rebounder + shot blocker on the floor.

  • Dec 21, 20124:53 pm
    by MNM


    yet the organization keeps saying he’s not ready and Ben Wallace has to show up as a spectator saying he’s “leaving the door open” wanting to play….allllrighty then.

  • Dec 21, 20125:25 pm
    by apa8ren9


    If that is the case THEN WHY ISNT HE PLAYING?

  • Dec 21, 20127:04 pm
    by sebastian


    What proof does a Pistons fan have that the Ukraine “… plays above the rim, athletic as heck, can really block shots.” The guy has not played a second of NBA basketball.

    More bull_____ from the mouth of Joe.

  • Dec 21, 20127:05 pm
    by Scott Free


    Maxiel for Monroe.  Kravtsov for Drummond.

    (My persona preferred lineups – Knight/Singler/Prince/Monroe/Drummond     Stuckey/English/Jerebko/Maxiel/Kravtsov) 

    • Dec 22, 20124:56 pm
      by jkg1610


      I like your thinking…..just remove tayshaun from the roster!

  • Dec 22, 20125:55 am
    by Tyrone


    It was good to see Slava get his first playing time at home.  I hope that we can some how build on this and see what he can do at the NBA level.  The rotation in front of him is making it challenging to get playing time.

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