All-Decade Nominee: Victor Khryapa

Oct 21, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Playing nine seasons this decade for CSKA Moscow, a club whose winning attitude he embodied, Victor Khryapa brought character, all-around skills and outstanding defense to the table every night. No other player has been to as many Final Fours as Khryapa's 12, and he played in eight of those during the 2010s, lifting his second Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophy in 2016.

Khryapa was the ultimate team player but that didn't stop him from earning major individual accolades, too. He was chosen for All-EuroLeague distinction by the fans and the media three times: on the first team in 2010, and on the second team in 2013 and 2014. Khryapa was also picked by EuroLeague head coaches as the competition's best defender for the 2009-10 season.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2008, 2016
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2009-10
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2012-13, 2013-14
  • Best Defender 2009-10
  • EuroLeague March MVP 2009-10
  • Led the EuroLeague in rebounds 2012-13 (7.31 rpg.)
  • Final Four All-Time Leader Index Rating (208), Tot Rebounds (107), Def Rebounds (82)

Even though he left the EuroLeague in 2018, Khryapa remains the all-time Final Four leader in games played (23) and rebounds (107), while ranking second in steals (22). His iconic moment was a late tip-in that forced overtime in the 2016 Championship Game against Fenerbahce Istanbul. In that overtime, CSKA won the title and Khryapa lifted the trophy as the team's captain!