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Vitaly Potapenko
Віталій Миколайович Потапенко
Nickname The Ukraine Train
Position Center
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 285 lb (129 kg)
Born March 21, 1975 (1975-03-21) (age 34)
Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
Nationality Ukrainian
College Wright State
Draft 12th overall, 1996
Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 1996–2008
Former teams Cleveland Cavaliers (1996–1999)
Boston Celtics (1999–2002)
Seattle SuperSonics (2002–2006)
Sacramento Kings (2006–2007)
MMT Estudiantes (2007–2008)

Vitaly Nikolaevich Potapenko[1] (Ukrainian: Віталій Миколайович Потапенко, pronounced vee-TAH-lee poe-TAH-pen-koe,[1] born March 21, 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR) is a Ukrainian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Wright State University and was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Nicknamed "The Ukraine Train",[1] he has played for the Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, as well as MMT Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB.[2]


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  • Potapenko was a sociology major at Wright State.[1]
  • His second-favorite sport is soccer.[1]


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