Pavel Podkolzin

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Pavel Podkolzin
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Pavel Podkolzin
Position: Center
Height: 7'5"
Weight: 300
Nationality: Russia
Born: 1/15/1985
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia
Draft: First Round
Drafted By: Utah
College: None
NBA Career: 2006
Mavs Tenure: 2006

Pavel Podkilzin (born January 15, 1985 in Novosibirsk, Russia) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks, from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a future first round draft choice.

Podkolzin first came to the world's attention as part of the Russian Junior National team that won the Silver Medal at the 2000 European Cadets Championships.

He made his professional debut in 2001 playing for Lokomotive Novosibirsk in his native Russia. The next year he moved on to Italy's top league playing for Metis Varese. Eyeing an early entry to the NBA draft, Podkolzin attended the 2003 NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago. However, in a routine camp physical he was diagnosed with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder. It was at this juncture that Podkilzin elected to have the disorder treated, return for another season in Italy and wait a year for the NBA.

After playing one final season with Varese, he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. Almost immediately, however, the Jazz traded his draft rights to Dallas in exchange for a future first round pick. Podkolzin did not join the Mavs until later in the season due to some contractual obligations and surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

After signing, he appeared with Fort Worth of the NBA D-League before seeing action, late in the year, in five games for the Mavs. In those games, he averaged 0.2 points and 0.4 rebounds in 2.0 minutes.

After seeing action with the Mavs' entry in the 2005 Las Vegas Summer League, Podkolzin again played with Ft. Worth but appeared in one game for Dallas in 2005-2006 tallying three points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes of court time. He was released in August of 2006 which spelled the end of his NBA career.

Returning to Russia, Podkolzin played one season for Khimki BC before returning to his original team Lokomotive Novosibirsk.