Andrei Kirilenko Retires

Andrei Kirilenko, famously nicknamed “AK47” has retired from professional basketball after suiting up for the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, and Spartak St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow in Russia.

Kirilenko’s NBA accomplishments include one All-Star selection in 2004, being named to the All-Defensive first team in 2006 and being named to the All-Defensive second team twice in 2004 and 2005. AK47 also led the NBA in blocks during the 2005 season.

The end of his career was not the most graceful. After stepping away from basketball in 2013 due to personal reasons, he was ultimately traded from the Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was later released by the Sixers after refusing to join the team. Kirilenko later joined CSKA Moscow for his third stint with the club in February 2015.

In 2013-14 Kirilenko averaged 5.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg. His best statistical season came with the Jazz in 2005-06 where he averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg and 3.2 bpg.

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