What does the future hold for Andrei Kirilenko?
Andrei Kirilenko in my opinion has the talent to be one of the most versatile and prolific defensive players in the league. But scene 06-07 after having problems with Jerry Salon and being moved to the bench he just hasn't gotten the playing time or been able to stay completely healthy. Now he is going into the final year of his huge contract which is worth about 18mill this year. So does that mean he will have a break out season and put up the numbers like years ago? Or at 29 years old is he in a decline and will he just stay a very good role player who still makes an impact just not as big of one? There is also a chance he could be traded because his expiring contract will be very attractive for some teams. All these are possibilities. I dont know if he will ever be the same player again. But I believe he still has a chip on his shoulder from never really playing at the level someone making the money he does should. Add that to being in a contract year i can see him having a break out season.
yeah..AK47 was a great defender..but injuries have slowed him down..plus moving to small forward where he had to guard quicker players didnt help...
expect him to play more minutes at power forward next season...
Russia. Another foriegn who would rather be a big fish in a small pond then a small fish in the biggest basketball pond in the world.
Retirement. I can't believe that through Ak47's entire career, he still hasn't developed a decent offensive game. What a liability to put the ball in his hands. Good luck kirilenko.
I think Kirilenko is best suited to come off the bench...I think he was once a very solid defensive player but those days have come and gone...he has 17 minutes of decent basketball per game to give Utah but I think Miles and Bell should be the starters on the wing
i think he could be a very solid starter if he was to get healthy and stay that way. Utah is weak on the wing positions right now and AK could be a factor for them next year.
His best position is the 4. He does a much better job rebounding when he is staying closer to the basket and he has a speed advantage on both ends of the court against a lot of other 4s. He's also does a great job of weakside shot blocking. It's much harder to get blocks when you stay out on the perimeter. The problem has been that the team has Boozer and Milsapp that past few years, so that has killed his time at the 4 and he has been injured a lot lately. Then out of their rotation of wings, he's the best defender of that group (though not fast enough for 2s or most 3s) which is one of the biggest reason I believe that Utah has kept a hold of him. I think he still has a few quality years left though. Just think he might not be as good of a fit with Utah. He would have been a nice fit as a 4 a few years ago with a team that liked to run.
Kirilenko is way past his days of being a significant factor for the Jazz or any team in the NBA. Apparently, AK-47's ammo clip is running low now.
I agree he isn't the player he once was when he was an all NBA defender. But last year when he was put into the starting lineup the Jazz started winning a lot more. He still is able to fill up a stat sheet and should be starting at the 3 next year.
Apparently, nobody here watched Kirilenko play last season.
I like AK47 but I do think they should move him. He's making 16-17 mil this season.
How about AK47 for Prince and Charlie V?
If your the Pistons, you move Charlie V off the books and you get someone who wants to get another contract.
If your Utah, you add Prince and another big man who could shoot.
He was a stat stuffer when healthy, too bad to see injuries have such a negative affect on his career like they have...
past his prime. i think he jus a average small forward now. he prob still thinks the game the same but his body jus cant do it
Seriously people? "He's done now?" "Kirilenko is way past his days of being a significant factor"
This isn't even a matter of opinion, you guys clearly were in a coma for all of last season.
AK was the X-Factor for the Utah Jazz last season. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan both went as far as to say so themselves. He was dominating the game, and when he was put back in the starting line-up, Utah went from a .500 team, to winning 17 out of 18 games. He is a gifted passer, a great defender and perfect for the Jerry Sloan system.
With a healthy AK, we probably would have got the second seed in the West, and challenged the Lakers in the Western Conference Semis. Any intelligent Jazz fan will tell you that.
Oh, and according to 82Games statistics, Kirilenko was the most productive player on the Jazz last season, and the team had the highest +/- when he was on the floor.
I am very disappointed in all of you. Maybe next time, do a little research before posting.
He's past his best, but he's still better then a bench player IMO.
As a starter AK put up: 13.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg, 1.1bpg, .538FG%, .268 3P% and .771FT% in 31.0mpg.
That isn't bad production for a 3rd/4th option especially the Field goal percentage, on top of those stats he brings intangables that don't come up on the stat sheet. Like: basketball IQ, Anticipating player movement, mental toughness etc.
see u jus proved my point: "when hes healthy". hell anybody good when they are healthy . where was he when the jazz needed him in the playoffs? he was hurt. im saying injuries are starting to take over. and please..."dominating the game" haha i mean cmon be 4real. hes not the allstar he used to be thats all im saying
Personally, I think he'll wait til his contract expires, test free agency, and sign mid-level for a championship contender. Having a guy like him coming off the bench would be a big asset.