39 Facts About Andrei Kirilenko


Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko is a Russian-American basketball executive and former professional basketball player, currently the commissioner of the Russian Basketball Federation.

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At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional basketball in the Russian Basketball Super League.

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Andrei Kirilenko spent three years with CSKA Moscow from 1998 to 2001, winning the Russian league MVP award in 2000.

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In 2001, Andrei Kirilenko joined the Utah Jazz, who drafted him twenty-fourth overall in 1999.

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Andrei Kirilenko became the first Russian player selected in the first round of a draft and the youngest European player drafted.

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Andrei Kirilenko made the NBA All-Rookie First Team after his first season, was an NBA All-Defensive Team pick three times and played in the 2004 All-Star Game.

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Since the 2000 Summer Olympics, Andrei Kirilenko has been a regular member of the Russian national team.

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Andrei Kirilenko was selected to the All-Tournament Team on both occasions.

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Andrei Kirilenko was named FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year twice, and won a Euroscar Player of the Year award in 2012.

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Andrei Kirilenko is nicknamed "AK-47", in reference to his initials, the jersey number he wore, and the AK-47 rifle.

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Coincidentally, Andrei Kirilenko was born in the city of Izhevsk, in the former Soviet Union, where the weapon was first manufactured.

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Andrei Kirilenko was born in the Soviet city of Izhevsk, Russia.

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In 1997, Andrei Kirilenko became the youngest player ever to compete in the Russian Super League, spending two seasons with Spartak Saint Petersburg.

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Andrei Kirilenko was the first Russian picked in the first round of an NBA Draft.

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Andrei Kirilenko participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the Russian national basketball team, which finished 8th in the tournament.

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On February 8,2001, in his third season with CSKA Moscow, Andrei Kirilenko became the second player ever in the history of the FIBA SuproLeague to record a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 steals against Lietuvos Rytas.

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Andrei Kirilenko showed off his all-around skills in the SuproLeague, finishing in the top ten in 7 out of 8 statistical categories.

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Andrei Kirilenko was named to the first team on the NBA All-Rookie Team.

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Andrei Kirilenko emerged as one of the top young players in the NBA, and one of the league's top weak-side defenders.

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Andrei Kirilenko was selected to play as a reserve in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

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Andrei Kirilenko became the leader of the Jazz in 2003 after John Stockton retired and Karl Malone left Utah to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Andrei Kirilenko finished fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting and fourth in Most Improved Player voting and was named to the second team on the All-NBA Defensive Team.

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Andrei Kirilenko was named to the first team on the NBA All-Defensive Team.

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Andrei Kirilenko bounced back to lead Russia to the championship in EuroBasket 2007, and was named MVP of the tournament.

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Amid the 2011 NBA lockout, Andrei Kirilenko returned to Russia to play for his old team CSKA Moscow.

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Andrei Kirilenko missed 18 games because of back spasms, then a right quadriceps strain, and finally a calf strain.

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On June 29,2013, Andrei Kirilenko opted out of the final year of his contract with the Timberwolves to become a free agent.

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On December 11,2014, Andrei Kirilenko was traded, along with Jorge Gutierrez, the Nets' second round draft pick in 2020 and the right to swap second round picks in 2018, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Brandon Davies.

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The 76ers suspended Andrei Kirilenko without pay on January 9,2015 for failing to report after the trade, and on February 21, he was waived by the 76ers before playing in a game for them.

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On June 23,2015, Andrei Kirilenko announced his retirement from playing professional basketball.

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The only time that Andrei Kirilenko played in a FIBA World Cup was at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, where the Russian team finished 10th out of 16 teams.

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Andrei Kirilenko has played at 4 more EuroBaskets: the EuroBasket 2003, the EuroBasket 2005, the EuroBasket 2007, where he won the gold medal of the competition, and was named the MVP of the tournament, and the EuroBasket 2011.

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Andrei Kirilenko won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Andrei Kirilenko was a versatile "big man" who could play either forward spot.

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Andrei Kirilenko was three times selected into the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team.

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On January 3,2006, against the Los Angeles Lakers, Andrei Kirilenko posted a stat line of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and 7 blocks.

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Andrei Kirilenko is married to Russian pop singer Masha "Marina" Lopatova, whose stage name is MaLo.

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Andrei Kirilenko met Lopatova at a youth basketball camp in Moscow, and Andrei Kirilenko appeared in one of Lopatova's music videos.

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Sources suggest Andrei Kirilenko was a World of Warcraft gamer while playing in the NBA.

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