Andrei Kirilenko Gennadjewitsch (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981 in Izhevsk ) is a Russian basketball player who stands since 2013 in the Brooklyn Nets under contract. Between 2001 and 2011, Kirilenko played in the NBA for the Utah Jazz. He is 2.06 m tall and plays at the position of the forwards. In 2011, Kirilenko also received U.S. citizenship.
- 4.1 club
- 4.2 national team
Kirilenko is known for its great versatility as well as for its defensive qualities. He was the first player who was in the same NBA season both blocked off litters as well as ball gains ( steals ) among the four players with the best average. He also scored on 3 January 2006 against the Los Angeles Lakers as the first player since the start of counting of blocks and steals in 1973 within the regular time of an NBA game in all five positive statistics (points, rebounds, blocks, steals, assists) at least a number of six. He also is one of the best blockers throw the league and was repeatedly elected to the All- NBA Defensive Team. However, he is considered to be quite susceptible to injury.
Kirilenko began his professional career at the age of 15 and remains the youngest player to ever played in the Super League Russia. At 18, he was even selected as the youngest Europeans from a NBA club in the Draft, but played until 2001 at the Russian series champion CSKA Moscow. In 2002 he was appointed First Team after his first year as a pro in the NBA in the NBA All - Rookie.
After the departure of the basketball legends Karl Malone and John Stockton of Utah 2003, he was, despite his relatively young age, a leading player in jazz. His qualities he already showed in the following season, when he was appointed fourth in the poll for meistverbesserten players and the NBA All- Star Game. 2006/ 07, the Jazz had built a team with other service providers such as Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams or Mehmet Okur, Kirilenko who could relieve in the leadership, which he reached the conference finals with Utah. Kirilenko's role transformed over the coming years it: He started mainly from the bench and took over the role of the noble defender in jazz.
In 2011 it came into the NBA lockout and Kirilenko's contract with the Utah Jazz expired. He then wrote a contract with CSKA Moscow in his native Russia. The three-year contract included a release clause in the event of termination of the lockout in the NBA, which Kirilenko but will not be perceived. At the end of the 2011/12 season he was named Most Valuable Player ( " MVP " ) and best defender of the Euro League and the All- Euro League First elected team.
In summer 2012, Kirilenko returned to the NBA. He signed a two -year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
In the summer of 2013, Kirilenko decided a contract option for another year not to pull and thus renounced to 10 million U.S. dollars. Thus he was again vertragslos. On 12 July 2013, signed a two -year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
Kirilenko showed his talent in various Russian youth national teams. His first major tournament in the senior team were the 2000 Olympics, when the Russian team finished in eighth place. In the 2002 World Cup, which finished in 10th place in Russia, he was due to an injury just three games contest.
He also participated with the Russian team at the European Championships 2001, 2003 and 2005, but resigned in spite of good performance from each person in the quarterfinals. In 2003 he was elected to the national team of the best players of the tournament. After Russia not for the 2006 World Cup had been able to qualify, then succeeded in the 2007 European Championships, the great success, as the team in the final surprise of the favorites Spain and defeated Kirilenko was elected MVP of the tournament. Especially Due to this feat it also the FIBA Europe Player Of The Year Award 2007 was awarded. Kirilenko is a member of the Russian Olympic team for the Beijing Games and was determined as the flag carrier. After several years of national team break, he won with Russia at the European Championships in 2011 and the bronze medal was the All- Tournament team, the national team of the five best players of the tournament selected. At the 2012 Olympic Games Kirilenko won the bronze medal with Russia.
- Kirilenko is married and has a son.
- His nickname AK -47 received Kirilenko with the start of his NBA career. It relates to the fact that the same gun is made in Kirilenko's birthplace, on the other hand on his initials. Kirilenko therefore also carries the shirt number 47
Awards and achievements
- Russian Champion (3x): 1999, 2000, 2012
- VTB United League winner: 2012
- MVP of the Russian Super League: 2000
- NBA All- Rookie First Team: 2002
- NBA All- Star Game: 2004
- NBA All-Defensive First Team: 2006
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 2004,2005
- NBA blocks leader: 2005
- Speieler of the year the FIBA Europe: 2007
- Best defender of the ULEB Euro League: 2012
- All- Euro League First team: 2012
- MVP of the Euro League: 2012
- MVP of VTB United League MVP: 2012
- MVP of VTB United League Final Four: 2012
- Winner 2007 European
- Bronze European Championship 2011
- Bronze Olympic Games 2012
- MVP of the 2007 European Championship