Andrei Kirilenko, Russia
Russian swingman Andrei Kirilenko was a player ahead of his time.
Thanks to his size (6-foot-9) and length (7-foot wingspan) on the perimeter, the Utah Jazz legend dominated on the less glamorous side of the ball throughout his heyday.
Had Kirilenko been around today, he would be the prototypical small-ball center, with the ability to space the floor relatively well while causing terror on the defensive end with his instincts and impressive physical attributes.
His career marks with Utah included 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per contest. Kirilenko led the NBA in rejections during 2004-05, made an All-Star appearance and three All-Defensive teams while with the Jazz.
To this day, he’s second in Utah history in blocks, fourth in steals, sixth in points and seventh in rebounds.
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