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Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
Position: None
Born: 02/18/81
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
His most impressive stat lines happened in his 5X5 games during which he collected at least five points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in an outing. Kirilenko did that three times and is one of only 12 players to ever achieve that balanced performance in NBA history. He and Hakeem Olajuwon are the only ones who did it more than once. “I was trying to win the games and that was the bottom line,” Kirilenko said. “I had great teammates along the way. Every time I’m thinking, ‘We need to get a W. We need to get a W.’ Night after night. I hope fans can say that, ‘I don’t know how good he was, but he was hustling. He was trying. Every night.’”
A year earlier he was widely believed to be the culprit in Deron Williams’ complaint that some players were thinking more about vacations than the playoffs. Whether he met expectations as a player depends on the observer. “I definitely met my own expectations — you know, skinny kid coming here from Russia, no language, first time outside the country,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’ve been a superstar in the league, but I would say I definitely been an elite player and a good player in this league.” Fan expectations? “I feel like I probably could have been a little more effective, but if there was only one change I’d make in my career, it would be if I could cut my injuries in half.”