Alexander Volkov (basketball)

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Alexander Anatolevich Volkov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Волков; born March 29, 1964), commonly known as Sasha Volkov, is a retired Soviet-Ukraine professional basketball player of Russian ethnicity. He was born in Omsk, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union. At 6'10" (2.08 m) tall, he played at the power forward and center positions. He was versatile with the ball and quick on his feet, which made him a very sought after player.

Alexander Volkov
Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Volkov.jpg
Volkov, in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1964-03-28) March 28, 1964 (age 57)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1986 / Round: 6 / Pick: 134th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1981–2002
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1986–1988CSKA Moscow
19891992Atlanta Hawks
1992–1993Reggio Calabria
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
Stats at

Professional careerEdit

Volkov played professionally for Stroitel (1981–1986; 1988–1989), CSKA Moscow (1986–1988), in the NBA, with the Atlanta Hawks (1989–1992), Panasonic Reggio Calabria (1992–1993), Panathinaikos (1993–1994), Olympiacos (1994–1995), and Kyiv (2000–2002).

In USSR he was also selected MVP in 1989, and was one of the key players on the Soviet national team since 1985, winning the famous gold at the 1988 Seoul games, after upsetting the perennial favorite American team.

In 1986 he became the second player from the Soviet Union to be drafted to the NBA. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 6th round (Sabonis was drafted late in the first round). Volkov signed with the Hawks 3 years later on August 1, 1989. His brief career in NBA was hampered by injury as well as competition from several all-star front-men: Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis and Moses Malone. Volkov averaged 5 points and close to 2 rebounds per game during his first (89-90) season. After missing the whole next season, he came back stronger, roughly doubling his statistical output on the floor and even starting in 27 games. Afterwards, he chose to continue his career in Europe.

He was one of the founders of BC Kyiv. Volkov, who had already retired from playing in 1995, returned to play several games, to help the newly found team in 2000. He later also served as the team's President.[1]

National team careerEdit

Volkov won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, as a member of the senior Soviet Union national basketball team. He also briefly came out of retirement, to play for the senior Ukrainian national basketball team, in 1998.[2]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  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  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

1989–90 Atlanta 72 4 13.0 .482 .382 .583 1.7 1.2 .5 .3 5.0
1991–92 Atlanta 77 27 19.7 .441 .318 .631 3.4 3.2 .9 .4 8.6
Career 149 31 16.5 .455 .333 .613 2.6 2.2 .7 .3 6.8


From 1999 to 2000, Volkov served as a chairman of the State Committee on Sports in Ukraine. In June 2007, he was elected the head of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.[3]

Volkov was elected to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2006 on the party list of the Our Ukraine Bloc.[4] But against the will of his faction, he joined the Anti-Crisis Coalition, which prompted early elections.[4] In the early parliamentary elections in 2007 he was reelected to Parliament through the Party of Regions.[4] Volkov was again elected through the Party of Regions to the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012.[5] But left this party's faction in parliament on 17 April 2014.[6] and joined the (then new) faction Economic Development one week later.[7] In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Volkov failed to get reelected into parliament; he was number 9 on the election list of Strong Ukraine, but the party won only one constituency parliamentary seat.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Volkov looks forward to All Star Day". FIBA Europe. March 9, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  2. ^ Taylor, Richard (December 3, 1998). "Basketball: England frozen out by Ukraine". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Volkov Elected President Of Ukraine Federation". FIBA Europe. June 21, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c (in Russian) Волков Александр Анатольевич,
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian)Московский комсомолец:Рада як ніколи Moskovsky Komsomolets:Council as ever, (13 September 2012)
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  9. ^ Poroshenko Bloc to have greatest number of seats in parliament Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrainian Television and Radio (8 November 2014)
    People's Front 0.33% ahead of Poroshenko Bloc with all ballots counted in Ukraine elections - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)
    Poroshenko Bloc to get 132 seats in parliament - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (8 November 2014)

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