Andrei Kirilenko – Russia and Minnesota Timberwolves

Andrei Kirilenko (Russia); Russia v Great Britain, Olympic Games 2012, London

Returning to Russia during the NBA lockout, Kirilenko thrived in Moscow. The 31-year-old was instrumental in leading CSKA to the Euroleague final and gold in the Russian domestic and VTB Leagues. The 2.06m forward then turned his attentions to national duties, navigating his team through a difficult Olympic Qualifying Draw in Venezuala, before averaging a team-high 17.5 points-a-night in London, helping Russia secure bronze. Returning to the U.S. this season, Kirilenko has made a promising start in Minnesota, averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a night through the first 14 games of the season.

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