Timofey Mozgov

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Timofey Mozgov
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Mozgov with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015
Personal information
Born (1986-07-16) July 16, 1986 (age 37)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008: undrafted
Playing career2004–2022
Position Center
Career history
2004–2006LenVo St. Petersburg
2006 CSK VVS Samara
2006–2010 Khimki
2010–2011 New York Knicks
20112015 Denver Nuggets
2011 Khimki
20152016 Cleveland Cavaliers
2016–2017 Los Angeles Lakers
2017–2018 Brooklyn Nets
2021–2022 Runa Basket Moscow
Career highlights and awards
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's basketball
Representing Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2012 London Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2011 Lithuania

Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov (Russian:Тимофей Павлович Мозгов,IPA:  [tʲɪmɐˈfʲej mɐˈzɡof] , born July 16, 1986) is a Russian former professional basketball player. 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. Mozgov signed with the Lakers in 2016 before being traded to the Nets in the 2017 offseason. In the 2018 offseason, he was traded to the Magic before returning to Khimki in 2019.


Professional career

LenVo St. Petersburg (2004–2006)

Mozgov began his professional career with LenVo St. Petersburg, in the Russian second-tier division, during the 2004–05 season.

Samara (2006)

In 2006, Mozgov moved to CSK VVS Samara 2, the from Samara.

Khimki (2006–2010)

Before the 2006–07 season, Mozgov joined Khimki Moscow Region, where he played through the 2009–10 season.[ citation needed ]

New York Knicks (2010–2011)

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Mozgov as a member of the Knicks

In 2010, Mozgov signed a three-year, $9.7 million contract with the New York Knicks. [1]

On January 30, 2011, after a three-week stint on the bench, Mozgov finally saw significant minutes against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 124–106 victory. He played 40 minutes and was treated to loud chants of "Mozgov! Mozgov!" in the final minute. [2]

Denver Nuggets (2011)

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Mozgov in a game as a member of the Denver Nuggets

On February 22, 2011, Mozgov was traded to the Nuggets in a three-way blockbuster deal, which also involved the Minnesota Timberwolves that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. [3]

Return to Khimki (2011)

On July 21, 2011, Mozgov joined Khimki Moscow Region for the second time [4] during the 2011 NBA lockout. [5]

Return to Denver (2011–2015)

On January 21, 2012, Mozgov scored a season high 16 points in a double overtime 119-114 win against his former team, the Knicks. [6]

On July 27, 2013, Mozgov re-signed with the Nuggets. [7]

On January 17, 2014, Mozgov recorded a career high 5 blocks, alongside scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, in a 117-109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. [8] 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. [9]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2015–2016)

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). [10] 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. [11] 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 Golden State. [12]

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 Warriors. [13] The Cavaliers went on to lose the series in six games; Mozgov started all six. [14]

On June 23, 2015, Cleveland exercised its option on Mozgov's contract for the 2015–16 season. [15] He played a reduced role throughout the season, as the Cavaliers made it to the 2016 NBA Finals, where they defeated the Warriors in a rematch. Mozgov and teammate Sasha Kaun became the first Russians to win an NBA title. [16]

Los Angeles Lakers (2016–2017)

On July 8, 2016, Mozgov signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. [17] [18] The Lakers received "league-wide criticism" for the size of Mozgov's contract. [19] The contract has been described as "huge", [20] [21] "dreadful", [22] and "indefensible". [23]

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. [24] 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. [25] [26]

Brooklyn Nets (2017–2018)

On June 22, 2017, Mozgov was traded, along with D'Angelo Russell, to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the rights to Kyle Kuzma, the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. [27]

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. [28] A day later, he was traded again, this time to the Orlando Magic in a three-team deal. [29]

On July 6, 2019, Mozgov was waived by the Magic without having played a game, due to a knee injury. [30] On November 28, 2019, the NBA approved the Magic's petition to have Mozgov's salary removed from their books due to the knee injury. [31]

Third stint with Khimki (2019–2021)

On July 31, 2019, Mozgov signed a one-year deal to return to his home country and play once again for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. [32] However, he did not play in the 2019–20 season due to his knee injury.

On April 12, 2021, Mozgov played in his first professional game since 2018, logging six points, six rebounds, and one assist in a 89–83 win over Enisey. [33]

Runa (2021–2022)

On December 23, 2021, Mozgov signed with Runa Basket Moscow of the Russian Basketball Super League 1. [34]

National team career

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Mozgov playing for the Russian national team

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 the latter two. [35]

Career statistics

  GPGames 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
  Won an NBA championship


Regular season

2010–11 New York 341413.5.464.000.7053.
2010–11 Denver 1106.0.524.000.7501.
2011–12 Denver 443515.6.526.000.6844.
2012–13 Denver 4118.9.506.000.7692.
2013–14 Denver 823021.6.523.167.7546.
2014–15 Denver 353525.6.504.333.7337.
2014–15 Cleveland 464525.0.590.000.7086.
2015–16 Cleveland 764817.4.565.143.7164.
2016–17 L.A. Lakers 545220.4.515.000.8084.
2017–18 Brooklyn 311311.6.559.222.7673.


2012 Denver 7514.1.480.000.5003.
2015 Cleveland 202026.5.500.000.7907.
2016 Cleveland 1305.8.400.000.7501.

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