March 21, 1975 |
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||280 lb (127 kg)|
|College||Wright State (1994–1996)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Number||52, 9, 20|
|2009–2010||Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant)|
|2010–2011||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2011–2012||Dakota Wizards (assistant)|
|2012–2013||Santa Cruz Warriors (assistant)|
|2013–present||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 Basketball-Reference.com|
Vitaly Nikolaevich Potapenko (Ukrainian: Віталій Миколайович Потапенко, pronounced vee-TAH-lee poe-TAH-pen-koe, 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", 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.
Since retiring as a player, Potapenko has served as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers, the Dakota Wizards, 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. Three years later, Potapenko would help the Cavaliers win their first ever NBA Finals championship.
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