Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov (Russian: Тимофей Павлович Мозгов, IPA: [tʲɪmɐˈfʲej mɐˈzɡof], born July 16, 1986) is a Russian professional basketball who last played for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mozgov won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, becoming one of the first Russians to do so, alongside Sasha Kaun. As a member of the Russian national team, he won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2011.
|Born||July 16, 1986|
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|2004–2006||LenVo St. Petersburg|
|2006||CSK VVS Samara 2|
|2010–2011||New York Knicks|
|2016–2017||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Mozgov began his professional career with LenVo St. Petersburg, in the Russian second tier division, during the 2004–05 season. In 2006, he moved to CSK VVS Samara 2, the second level club from Samara. Before the 2006–07 season, he joined Khimki Moscow Region, where he played through the 2009–10 season.
New York Knicks (2010–2011)Edit
On January 30, 2011, after a three-week stint on the bench, Mozgov finally saw significant minutes against the Detroit Pistons. He had a career game scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead New York to a 124–106 victory. He played 40 minutes and was treated to loud “Mozgov! Mozgov!” chants in the final minute.
Denver Nuggets (2011–2015)Edit
On July 27, 2013, Mozgov re-signed with the Nuggets.
On April 10, 2014, he recorded career highs in points and rebounds with 23 and 29 respectively in a 100–99 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–2016)Edit
On January 7, 2015, Mozgov was traded, along with a 2015 second-round pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for two protected 2015 first-round picks (via Oklahoma City and Memphis). Having always previously worn number 25, he was forced to change that upon joining the Cavaliers due to the franchise having the number retired for Mark Price. He instead chose number 20 as it was the number his father, a Soviet handball player, used while he played the sport. On January 9, he made his debut for the Cavaliers, recording nine points and eight rebounds off the bench in a 112–94 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
On June 4, 2015, he became the first Russian to play in the NBA Finals, as the Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the series to the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers went on to lose the series in six games; Mozgov started all six.
On June 23, 2015, the Cavaliers exercised the option on Mozgov's contract for the 2015–16 season. Mozgov played a reduced role throughout the season, as the Cavaliers made it to the 2016 NBA Finals. Despite the Cavaliers going down 3–1 in the series following a Game 4 loss, they went on to win the series in seven games to become the first team in NBA history to win the championship after being down 3–1. The Cavaliers defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors in a rematch of the previous Finals. Mozgov and teammate Sasha Kaun became the first Russians to win an NBA championship.
Los Angeles Lakers (2016–2017)Edit
On July 8, 2016, Mozgov signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers received "league-wide criticism" for the size of Mozgov's contract. The contract has been described as "huge", "dreadful", and "indefensible".
Mozgov made his debut for the Lakers in their season opener on October 26, 2016, recording 12 points and eight rebounds in a 120–114 win over the Houston Rockets. On March 14, 2017, the Lakers shut down a healthy Mozgov for the rest of the season to give the majority of playing time over the final 15 games to the team's younger players.
Brooklyn Nets (2017–2018)Edit
Orlando Magic (2018–2019)Edit
On July 6, 2018, Mozgov was traded, along with the draft rights to Hamidou Diallo, a 2021 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Dwight Howard. A day later, he was traded again, this time to the Orlando Magic in a three-team deal.
On July 6, 2019, Mozgov was waived by the Magic without having played a game due to a knee injury.
National team careerEdit
Mozgov has also been a member of the senior Russian national basketball team. He played at EuroBasket 2009, EuroBasket 2011, and the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
|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 Mozgov won an NBA championship|
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- Beck, Howard (January 30, 2011). "Timofey Mozgov Comes Off Bench to Lead Knicks". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "Nuggets acquire five players, three picks in three-team trade". NBA.com. February 22, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- "Khimki brings back Mozgov, adds Quinn". EuroLeague.net. July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
- Report: Mozgov to sign with Russian team Archived October 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Denver Nuggets Re-Sign Center Timofey Mozgov". Denver Nuggets.
- "Notebook: Nuggets 100, Warriors 99". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- "Cavs Acquire Timofey Mozgov". NBA.com. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- Fedor, Chris (January 10, 2015). "With No. 25 retired, Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov will wear No. 20". cleveland.com.
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- "Cavaliers Exercise 2015-16 Option on Center Timofey Mozgov". Cleveland Cavaliers.
- "Lakers Sign Timofey Mozgov". Los Angeles Lakers.
- "Source: Lakers, Mozgov agree on 4 years, $64M". ESPN.com. July 1, 2016.
- "Lakers' Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov mindful of criticism about their play, contracts". March 6, 2017.
- Wells, Adam. "Lakers Rumors: Timofey Mozgov Reportedly Shut Down to Give Young Players Minutes". Bleacher Report.
- "Lakers Acquire Brook Lopez For Russell, Mozgov". Hoops Rumors.
- Jun 30, Christopher Lavinio/FanSided via Hoops Habit Fansided; ET, 2017 at 10:28p (June 28, 2017). "Timofey Mozgov: The good, the bad and the ugly". FOX Sports.
- Buckley, Zach. "The 5 Worst NBA Contracts from the Last 5 Years". Bleacher Report.
- "Young Lakers roar past Rockets 120-114 to win Walton's debut". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- "Lakers shut down healthy Timofey Mozgov for remainder of season". ESPN.com. March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- Shelburne, Ramona (March 15, 2017). "Sources: Healthy Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov agree to sit out rest of Lakers' season". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "BROOKLYN NETS ACQUIRE D'ANGELO RUSSELL AND TIMOFEY MOZGOV FROM L.A. LAKERS". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- "Hornets Acquire Mozgov, Two Second-Round Draft Picks From Nets". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- Denton, John (July 8, 2018). "Magic Acquire Jerian Grant and Timofey Mozgov in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
...the Orlando Magic acquired point guard Jerian Grant and reserve center Timofey Mozgov on Saturday night.
- "The Orlando Magic have waived center Timofey Mozgov, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Mozgov did not play in any games with Orlando last season due to a knee injury". Orlando Magic PR on Twitter. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
- "Timofey Mozgov Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 11, 2016.