Triumph guard Dmitry Kulagin received his 2013-2014 Young Player of the Year award in Vilnius prior to Game 2 of the Lietuvos Rytas - Triumph playoff quarterfinals. VTB United League general director Andrey Shirokov was on hand to present the award.
This prize was inaugurated by the League and Championat.com last season to recognize the top player 23 years or younger in the League. The winner is selected by the sum of several factors: The results of each month of the regular season, following which the three top young players were recognized; players’ efficiency rating; and the opinion of the League’s expert panel and Championat.com.Two players--Dmitry Kulagin of Triumph and Edgaras Ulanovas of Neptunas--collected an identical number of points (7) to share the Young Player of the Year award. They edged out Nymburk centerRasid Mahalbasic (6), VEF center Derrick Nix (4) and Azovmash center Kyrylo Natyazhko (3).
During the regular season, Dmitry Kulagin played in 17 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and an efficiency rating of 8.3.