Alex Poythress might be playing basketball overseas, but he’s still powering down dunks with authority.
In his debut for BC Zenit, a Russian squad from the VTB League, the one-time Kentucky Wildcat made his team debut, recording 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and two steals on a 5-6 shooting clip in a 79-67 win over Khimki. One of his buckets included this monster slam in transition, which looked all-to-familiar to what he used to do in Lexington.
— Dmitry Planidin (@DmitryPlanidin) September 20, 2020
Poythress received the start in his Russian league debut, playing nearly 24 minutes. The game was the season-opener for the VTB, which is now in its 12th official season as the country’s top-tier basketball league. Poythress is hardly the only American playing in Russia, however. On the other bench, several former stars from the United States suited up for Khimki, including Greg Monroe (nine years of NBA experience), Jordan Mickey (played at LSU from 2013-15), and Devin Booker (no, not that Devin Booker, but the 29-year old who once played at Clemson).
Good win ?? https://t.co/8L1JecWiCx
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) September 20, 2020
Not a bad start to the third overseas stint for Poythress, who has previously played in China and Turkey after a few-year run in the NBA with the 76ers, Pacers, and Hawks.