Khryapa with CSKA Moscow in October 2017.
|Born||August 3, 1982|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|2004–2006||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Victor Vladimirovich Khryapa (also trans. Viktor; Russian: Виктор Владимирович Хряпа; born August 3, 1982) is a Russian professional basketball player who last played for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. A versatile forward standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he is a three-time All-EuroLeague selection and won the EuroLeague Best Defender award in 2010.
A regular member of the senior Russian former national basketball team, he was instrumental in their triumph at the EuroBasket 2007, where they won the gold medal. He also won two bronze medals at the EuroBasket 2011 and at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Khryapa was the 22nd overall selection of the 2004 NBA draft. He was chosen by the New Jersey Nets and then subsequently traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Eddie Gill. Then on June 28, 2006, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls along with Tyrus Thomas, for the rights to LaMarcus Aldridge.
In February 2008, the Chicago Bulls bought out Khryapa's contract after the forward expressed frustration with his lack of playing time. He had appeared in just nine games in the 2007–08 NBA season to that point, averaging 3.6 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Return to Europe
Khryapa intended to return to Russia as a member of CSKA Moscow, and signed with his former club on February 12, 2008, on a four and a half year contract. With CSKA he won the Russian Championship in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the VTB United League Championship in 2010 and the EuroLeague Championship in 2008. In May 2014, he was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team of the EuroLeague, the second consecutive in his career.
Khryapa missed the first half of 2014–15 season due to an ankle injury rehabilitation. On December 10, 2014, he underwent surgery which kept him off-the-court for three months. He returned to action in a game against Laboral Kutxa on March 5, 2015. CSKA Moscow has managed to advance to the EuroLeague Final Four for the fourth straight season, after eliminating Panathinaikos for the second straight season in the quarter-final series with a 3–1 series win. However, in the semifinal game, despite being dubbed by the media as an absolute favorite to advance, CSKA once again lost to Olympiacos. The final score was 70–68, after a great Olympiacos comeback in 4th quarter, led by Vassilis Spanoulis. CSKA Moscow eventually won the EuroLeague third place game, after defeating Fenerbahçe, by a score of 86–80. Over 10 EuroLeague games played, he averaged a career-low of 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.
On July 23, 2015, he re-signed with CSKA for one more season. In June 2016, CSKA used team option to keep Khryapa in the club for yet another season. He officially parted ways with CSKA on June 26, 2018, after a ten-year second stint with the club.
National team career
Khryapa was a member of the senior men's Russian national basketball team, winning the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2007. He also participated in the 2002 FIBA World Championship, the EuroBasket 2003, the EuroBasket 2005, and won a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2011. He represented Russia in the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as in the 2012 Summer Olympics, where Russia won another bronze medal. He was included on the Russian national team roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, but did not play due to an injury.
Khyapa's older brother, Nikolai Khryapa, was also a professional basketball player.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Khryapa's team won the EuroLeague|
|Led the league|
References and notes
- FIBA.com Victor KHRYAPA (RUS).
- Johnson, K.C. (2008-08-08). "Viktor Khryapa, Bulls part ways". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- "Viktor Khryapa comes back to CSKA". Euroleague. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
- "2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "CSKA Moscow rallies past Laboral Kutxa in Vitoria". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow routs Panathinaikos to claim Final Four berth". Euroleague.net. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Spanoulis comes through again as Olympiacos stuns CSKA". Euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". Euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "CSKA re-signs team captain Khryapa". Euroleague.net. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- "Victor Khryapa stays with CSKA". cskabasket.com. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- Nikolai Khryapa Europe Stats.
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