CSKA brings back former MVP Kirilenko

Feb 23, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA brings back former MVP Kirilenko
CSKA Moscow bolstered its roster for the foreseeable future by inking versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko for the remainder of the season on Tuesday. Kirilenko (2.06 meters, 34 years old) returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the first time since the 2011-12 season, in which he led CSKA to its only Euroleague final appearance in the last five seasons and won both the Russian League and VTB League titles. Kirilenko was voted the 2011-12 Euroleague MVP and Best Defender Trophy winner after averaging 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks in 17 games. He missed two months in the middle of the season with a shoulder injury. Kirilenko started his pro career with Spartak St. Petersburg as a 16-year-old and joined CSKA two years later. During his three seasons with CSKA, Kirilenko helped the club win two Russian League titles and reach the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four. He went on to play for Utah of the NBA for 10 consecutive seasons, was named once to the NBA all-star team and three times to the NBA all-defensive team. He averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game in 681 career appearances with Utah. Kirilenko has also starred for the Russian national team, which he led to the gold medal at EuroBasket 2007, after which he was named MVP, and consecutive bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games. Kirilenko has also been with three other NBA teams: Minnesota, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, although he did not play any games with the latter.