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Vitaly Potapenko
Memphis Grizzlies
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1975-03-21) March 21, 1975 (age 43)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Ukrainian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
College Wright State (1994–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1992–2008
Position Center
Number 52, 9, 20
Coaching career 2009–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1994 Budivelnyk
19961999 Cleveland Cavaliers
19992002 Boston Celtics
20022006 Seattle SuperSonics
20062007 Sacramento Kings
2007–2008 MMT Estudiantes
As coach:
2009–2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant)
20102011 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
2011–2012 Dakota Wizards (assistant)
2012–2013 Santa Cruz Warriors (assistant)
20132017 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2018–present Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,995 (6.5 ppg)
Rebounds 2,725 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 418 (0.7 apg)
Stats at

Vitaly Nikolaevich Potapenko[1] (Ukrainian: Віталій Миколайович Потапенко, pronounced vee-TAH-lee poe-TAH-pen-koe,[1] born March 21, 1975) is a Ukrainian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Wright State University and was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA draft. Nicknamed "The Ukraine Train",[1] he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, as well as MMT Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB.[2][3]

Since retiring as a player, Potapenko has served as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers, the Dakota Wizards,[4] and the Santa Cruz Warriors. In June 2013, it was confirmed that Potapenko would become the assistant director of player development for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[5] Three years later, Potapenko would help the Cavaliers win their first ever NBA Finals championship.

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  • Potapenko was a sociology major at Wright State.[1]
  • His second-favorite sport is soccer.[1]

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