Timberwolves Sign Free Agent Andrei Kirilenko 27 Jul 12

Former NBA All-Star Joins Wolves After Spending 10 Seasons in Utah

Minneapolis/St. Paul The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko. Per team policy, terms of the contract offer were not disclosed.

“We are pleased that Andrei has decided to resume his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “Over his time in the NBA he has proven to be one of the best defensive players in the world.  His ability to play multiple positions and big-game experience will be wonderful assets to our team. He is coming off an MVP season in Europe, on what many believe was the best team in Europe, CSKA Moscow.  We are excited to see him in a Timberwolves uniform and wish him well in the upcoming Olympics, where he will be the star player for the Russian National Team.”

“I’m excited to be returning to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves,” Kirilenko said. “The Wolves have one of the best coaches in the league in Rick Adelman and I feel my game fits in well with his style of play. I also like the talent that Minnesota has on the team with star players like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.”

Kirilenko, 31, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the NBA, all with the Utah Jazz. In 681 career games (478 starts) the St. Petersburg, Russia, native holds averages of 12.4 points (.470 FG, .312 3FG, .763 FT), 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. In 45 career playoff games (36 starts), the 6-9 forward owns averages of 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. Most recently Kirilenko averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in 31.2 minutes per game for Utah during the 2010-11 season. The Jazz selected Kirilenko with the 24th overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft.

Kirilenko posted perhaps his best season in 2003-04 when he averaged 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals – all career high figures – and 2.8 blocks per game en route to being named a 2004 All-Star reserve. Among his best games that season were two 5X5 lines (recording five or more points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in same contest), when he posted 19 points, five rebounds, seven assists, eight steals and five blocks at Houston on Dec. 3 and 10 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, six steals and five blocks vs. New York on Dec. 10. In 2005-06 he became just fourth player in NBA history, and first since 1993-94, to average 15+ points, 8+ rebounds, 4+ assists and 3+ blocks in single season (Abdul-Jabbar six times, Bob Lanier – 1973-74, David Robinson – 1993-94). Included in that season was his third career 5X5 game, a 14-point, eight-rebound, nine-assist, seven-block and six-steal performance vs. the L.A. Lakers on Jan. 3. He became only the second player in NBA history with 6+ in each category (A. Olajuwon, March 10, 1987 – Houston vs. Seattle).

Regarded as one of the best defensive players during his 10 years in the NBA, Kirilenko has totaled 1,380 blocks and 960 steals over his NBA career. A three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection (1st – 2005-06; 2nd – 2003-04, 2004-05), Kirilenko led the NBA in blocked shots per game over the 2004-05 season (3.32 bpg – a career high) and total blocks (220) in 2005-06. He has recorded 62 games of 5+ blocks and 14 games of 5+ steals over his career (5+ blocks and steals in the same game three times). He blocked a career-high 10 shots on March 25, 2006 vs. Sacramento and swiped a career-high eight steals Dec. 3, 2003 at Houston.

Kirilenko spent the 2011-12 season in Russia playing for CSKA Moscow, where he teamed up with current Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved. In 17 Euroleague games, Kirilenko averaged 14.1 points on .598 shooting (.417 from three), to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks. He was named 2012 Euroleague MVP and 2012 Euroleague Best Defender for his efforts. Before starting his NBA career he played five seasons professionally in Russia, beginning his basketball career with Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1996-97 at the age of 15 (the youngest ever in the Russian League). Kirilenko has also starred on the international stage for the Russian National Team, which he has played on since the age of 19. Most recently he competed at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, averaging 16.2 points (.512), 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.25 steals per game in leading the Russian National Team to a 2012 Olympic berth. The 2012 London Olympics will be his third (2000, 2008) such competition.

Andrei Kirilenko’s NBA Statistics

FIELD GOALS

3-POINT FG

FREE THROWS

 

Year

Team

G

FG

FGA

PCT

FG

FGA

PCT

FT

FTA

PCT

REB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

AVG

01-02

Utah

82

285

633

.450

25

100

.250

285

371

.768

402

94

116

159

880

10.7

02-03

Utah

80

315

642

.491

37

114

.325

296

370

.800

420

138

118

175

963

12.0

03-04

Utah

78

412

931

.443

68

201

.338

392

496

.790

629

244

150

215

1284

16.5

04-05

Utah

41

207

420

.493

23

77

.299

203

259

.784

255

132

67

136

640

15.6

05-06

Utah

69

336

730

.460

36

117

.308

346

495

.699

552

299

102

220

1054

15.3

06-07

Utah

70

197

418

.471

16

75

.213

174

239

.728

329

202

74

144

584

8.3

07-08

Utah

72

275

544

.506

44

116

.379

198

257

.770

339

285

86

109

792

11.0

08-09

Utah

67

256

570

.449

20

73

.274

244

311

.785

319

175

83

77

776

11.6

09-10

Utah

58

244

482

.506

26

89

.292

174

234

.744

264

158

83

71

688

11.9

10-11

Utah

64

253

542

.467

36

98

.367

208

270

.770

327

192

81

74

750

11.7

TOTALS

Utah

681

2780

5912

.470

331

1060