Euroleague MVP Sasha Bezenkov has arrived in the NBA. “The best league outside of the NBA is the Euroleague,” said the Sacramento Kings head coach. He’s a great fit for our offense.”
In an interview with local media outlet 스포츠토토 NBC Sports California on Sunday (July 17), Sacramento head coach Monte McNair shared his thoughts on the former Euroleague MVP, who was acquired ahead of the season.
After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons, Sacramento signed the Bulgarian Euroleague star to a three-year, $20 million deal. Bezenkov was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 57th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but opted to remain in Europe and was later acquired by Sacramento via trade.
A 6-foot-10 forward with a quick release from three-point range, Bezenkov played in 40 Euroleague games last season for Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, averaging 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 38 percent shooting from three-point range, and was named MVP.
Bezenkov’s addition is a big boost for Sacramento, which has been thin on forward depth. McNair also commented on his fit with the team. “Let me start by saying he was the Euroleague MVP. The best league in the world outside of the NBA is the Euroleague. Bezenkov was the most outstanding player there. He’s a great shooter and he’s going to fit into our offense very well.”
He also noted his rebounding ability, which has improved throughout his career. Bezenkov has totaled 271 rebounds in his last five seasons. This season was a standout, as he pulled down 274 rebounds in all competitions. That could help Sacramento, which ranked 20th overall in regular-season rebounding (42.5 per game).
“Bezenkov has continued to improve as a rebounder,” McNair said. He’s a smart player. He’s a smart player, and he’s got a relentless competitiveness that always wants to win. The NBA is a really special opportunity for him.”