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

Published on February 18th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 3,522 views

Unless you played fantasy basketball 10 years ago, you would probably laugh at thought of  drafting Andrei Kirilenko before LeBron James, Shaq, Kobe, TMac and pretty much everybody else in the NBA but there was a time when AK-47 was a top 5, sometimes 3, fantasy roto player.  Seriously.

He was the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 4 in blocks and steals per game and the only true threat in the league to have a 5×5 game.

It took 6 years for another player, Nic Batum, to record a 5×5 game since Kirelenko’s last in 2006.  6 years, and AK did it 2 other times within 3 years which gives him 3 of the 5 instances of this rare feat between 1996-2013.

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