Is Andrei Kirilenko One Of The Most Underrated Players Of All Time?

Andrei Kirilenko was drafted by the Utah jazz in the 1999 NBA draft with the 24th overall pick at age 20

Kirilenko was an incredibly versatile player he could guard 1-5 being 6'9 with a 7'4 wingspan he was also very fast he could keep up with most guards. with his long arms size and agility he was the ideal defender from his era. He is a similar player to Draymond Green but he was way better offensively than him he could do a little bit of everything. In 2003-2004 he lead his team in 12 statistical categories and that year he made 2nd team all defense but the following season suffered a bad breaks in his wrist. In that season he was having a good year and leading the league in blocks per game but he missed half the year due to injuries after he recovered he kept up good play for the next few years continuing to put up great numbers the jazz also transformed into a playoff team by adding players such as Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams as a result he didn't have as big as a role as he used to but with that he became a great supporting role player. In 2006-2007 his numbers dipped from not being a focal point anymore averaging 8.3 ppg 4.7 rpg 2.9 apg with 47% from the field. At that point there was some trade rumors and was having arguments to his coach because of the transformation but he had a good playoff performance that year with the jazz making it to the western conference finals falling to the Spurs in 5 games. The next season in 2008 he had a better year averaging 11 ppg 4.7 rpg 4 apg and shooting 51% from the field at this point he was a really good role player but the hype around him was slowly dying down he stayed with the jazz till 2011 and played his last 3 seasons in Minnesota and Brooklyn and retired at the age of 33. So the question is was he underrated? yes he was he was some people tend to forgot how important he was to the Utah jazz in his time there


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