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Andrei Kirilenko | Forward

Team: Brooklyn Nets
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/18/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: None
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Andrei Kirilenko will start in place of Mirza Teletovic on Monday as the Nets take on the 76ers.
Head coach Lionel Hollins said that he just wants to get a different look with Kirilenko in the starting lineup, but Teletovic will play. Kirilenko is capable of putting up serviceable lines while healthy, but the problem is the only time AK-47 made it through a full 82-game season was his rookie year in 2001. Kirilenko was limited to just 45 games last season, and we wouldn't recommend drafting him in standard leagues. Oct 20 - 6:46 PM

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Andrei Kirilenko played 24 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots, and 7-of-11 free throws for 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals off the Nets bench on Tuesday.

He's been bothered by a back injury, as usual, but looked pretty good tonight. If he can ever stay healthy he'll be worth owning, but we're not recommending you go out of your way to draft him this year. He's in a battle with several players, including Bogdan Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson for the starting small forward job, and took a nice step forward on Tuesday.
Oct 8 - 1:43 AM

Andrei Kirilenko (back) was back at practice on Saturday.

He was a full participant and seems to have recovered quickly. Kirilenko's back has been a problem for about a decade and fantasy owners aren't going to want to have to deal with his injuries throughout the season.
Oct 4 - 5:03 PM

Andrei Kirilenko (back) was present for the non-contact portion of Thursday's practice.

While Alan Anderson (abdominal) and Sergey Karasev (foot) were unable to practice, the Nets were at least able to get Kirilenko on the floor for some of Thursday's practice. The 33-year-old still has a shot to win Brooklyn's starting small forward job, but fantasy owners shouldn't forget that he was only able to suit up for 45 games last season.
Oct 2 - 12:35 PM

Andrei Kirilenko (tight lower back) sat out practice again on Wednesday.

He's likely to be out for at least a few more days, and if last season is an indication this back issue could become a persistent issue. The starting SF job is within Kirilenko's reach, but he'll need to get healthy to claim it.
Oct 1 - 12:51 PM

Andrei Kirilenko did not participate in Sunday's practice due to tightness in his lower back, and he expects to be sidelined for 7-10 days.

Kirilenko has really struggled with back spasms throughout his career, and it's not a good sign that the problem has already reemerged before the season has even begun. He's clearly not capable of playing big minutes anymore, and he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 28 - 11:29 AM

Andrei Kirilenko ran with the starters at training camp on Saturday, according to Joe Johnson.

On Friday, coach Lionel Hollins said the starting job was expected to go to Bojan Bogdanovic or Alan Anderson, so we're not going to put too much stock into this report. Kirilenko isn't capable of playing big minutes and isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 27 - 1:32 PM

Andre Kirilenko said that he is no longer experiencing back spasms.

Kirilenko said he's been working on core strength with the Nets strength and conditioning coach, Dr. Jeremy Bettle, and hasn't experienced any recent back spasms. The 33-year-old only played in 45 games last season and posted the lowest point, rebound, and steal averages of his career, so fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere on draft day.
Sep 23 - 11:48 AM

Andrei Kirilenko said he doesn't care if he starts, but that he expects his minutes to be more consistent under new coach Lionel Hollins.

The Nets will need him to play a lot more than he did last year for their thin frontcourt, but as usual his health will dictate how much burn he can get. It should be noted that things between Kirilenko and outgoing coach Jason Kidd didn't appear to be peachy last season, which is probably what AK is getting at when referencing Hollins.
Sep 15 - 9:39 PM

Andrei Kirilenko's home in Salt Lake City, Utah was burglarized over the weekend.

He played with the Jazz for 10 years and his wife had previously called Salt Lake City "the safest place on Earth." Kirilenko will be back with the Nets next season and will play as many minutes as his body allows, which isn't much.
Sep 12 - 10:15 AM

Andrei Kirilenko revealed during a recent interview that he donated most of his 2011-12 salary to a Moscow Orphanage.

Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow that season and earned an estimated four million euros (roughly $5 million dollars after taxes). "Most of [my salary] went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." It's possible Kirilenko steps into a larger role with the Nets this season with the departure of Paul Pierce, and he looks like a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 17 - 1:23 PM

Andrei Kirilenko stated in a recent interview that the Nets goal for next season is to win a championship.

"We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko. He also took a subtle jab at Jason Kidd stating: "When Kidd led the team, no one knew what to expect from him. It is clear that he had huge experience as a player, but there was no coaching experience. No one knows how we will sparkle with Lionel. Maybe it's better. Maybe worse. But we do know one thing - Hollins, unlike Kidd, has vast experience of coaching. And he perfectly represents what we need to do and how to build a team game."
Jul 20 - 11:41 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially opted in to the second year of his two-year deal with Brooklyn.

The deal is worth $3.3 million, and Kirilenko will remain stateside for the 2014-15 season. Kirilenko averaged career-lows across the board last season with just 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks. He also only managed to get through 45 games as he dealt with various injuries throughout the year. In terms of fantasy, Kirilenko is far too risky to be considered a viable option.
Jun 23 - 7:02 PM

Andrei Kirilenko is likely to opt in to the second year of his player contract, according to Nets Daily.

The Nets gave him a mini mid-level exception last year and he has a player option worth $3.3 million. Kirilenko is still getting offers overseas and could wind up opting out. The Nets didn't get what they bargained for with AK-47 only playing in 45 games at 19.0 minutes per outing, so hopefully it works out better in 2014-15.
Jun 20 - 9:58 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has not ruled out playing overseas next season.

Kirilenko still has a $3M player option with the Nets, so barring a trade it is up to him whether he remains in Brooklyn. During the 2011-2012 lockout-shortened season he played in his native Russia with CSKA Mowscow, but returned to the NBA the following year. In only 45 games played all season, he averaged career-lows with 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19.0 minutes of action.
May 29 - 2:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Deron Williams
2Jorge Gutierrez
3Casper Ware
SG1Joe Johnson
2Jarrett Jack
3Markel Brown
4Xavier Thames
SF1Bojan Bogdanovic
2Andrei Kirilenko
3Alan Anderson
4Sergey Karasev
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Mirza Teletovic
3Cory Jefferson
C1Brook Lopez
2Mason Plumlee