Andrei Kirilenko ‘AK-47’

Andrei Kirilenko who has got one of the best nicknames in NBA history, is known as ‘AK-47’ because of his initials plus his wore jersey number 47. It is also a reference to the AK-47 assault rifle which was first manufactured in the city of Izhevsk, where Kirilenko was born and grew up.

Kirilenko was a beast and one of the very few players to have recorded 5X5 games in the NBA, a 5X5 game is when a player records 5 categories with at least 5 in each (i.e. 5 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 5 steals). In addition to his versatility, Kirilenko was an elite defensive player who excelled in perimeter defense, low-post defense on wings, and elite shot-blocking.

Here is a great highlights video of AK-47:

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