Unless you played fantasy basketball a decade ago, you would probably laugh at the thought of someone drafting Andrei Kirilenko before LeBron James, Shaq, Kobe, T-Mac ...(Read more)

Andrei Kirilenko aka AK-47 aka the 5×5 Threat

Unless you played fantasy basketball a decade ago, you would probably laugh at the thought of someone drafting Andrei Kirilenko before LeBron James, Shaq, Kobe, T-Mac and pretty much everyone else in the NBA. But, there was a time when the man nicknamed AK-47 was a top five, sometimes three, fantasy roto player. Seriously!

He was the first player in NBA history to finish in the top four in blocks and steals per game and the only true threat in the league to have a 5 x 5 game.

It took six years for another player (Nic Batum) to record a 5 x 5 game since Kirelenko’s last in 2006. Six years, and AK did it two other times within three years, which gives him three of the five instances of this rare feat between 1996-2013.

Here’s the fantasy winning stat lines from AK’s three 5 x 5 games

  • 2003: 19 points 5 rebounds 7 assists 5 blocks 8 steals
  • 2003: 10 points 12 rebounds 6 assists 5 blocks 6 steals
  • 2006: 14 points 8 rebounds 9 assists 7 blocks 6 steals

Here’s a few other great stat lines that justified his draft position.

  • 2005: 15 points 14 rebounds 3 assists 10 blocks 3 steals
  • 2005: 18 points 16 rebounds 11 assists 4 blocks 3 steals
  • 2004: 11 points 14 rebounds 7 assists 7 blocks
  • 2005: 21 points 16 rebounds 3assists 8 blocks 2 steals
  • 2004: 27 points 14 rebounds 3 assists 5 blocks 3 steals
  • 2007: 20 points 11 rebounds 11 assists 6 steals 4 blocks (video below)

 

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