54. Andrei Kirilenko

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54. Andrei Kirilenko
For years when you thought of Soviet born basketball players they were faceless drones, but that would change with the likable (and Ivan Drago lookalike), Andrei Kirilenko who would become a star with the Utah Jazz.

Advanced stat gurus in Basketball loved Kirilenko whose efficient play and position versatility made him a huge asset as a basketball player and while he was only an All Star once, he put together a career that puts him closer to the discussion than you think, especially when you consider his international play with Russia that saw him win a Bronze at the 2012 Olympics and a Gold in the 2007 Euro Basket Championship.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Ishevsk, Russia
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Played For: Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 15th Overall in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team NBA All-Defensive (1) (2006)
    Second Team NBA All-Defensive (2) (2004 & 05)
    NBA All Star (1) (2004)
    Most Blocks (1) (2006)
    Most Blocks per Game (1) (2004-05)
    Olympic Bronze Medal (1) (2002, Russia)
    Championship Rings: (None)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (3) (2002-03, 2003-04 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (5) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER: (1) (2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (4) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (1) (2003-04)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 18. Box Plus/Minus: 5.0
    28. Blocks per Game: 1.8
    39. Blocks: 1,461
    50. VORP: 42.4

Should Andrei Kirilenko be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 23.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.7%
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