As expected, Kirilenko did miss some games (18), but in 64 games as the Wolves' starting small forward he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1 block and 1.5 steals. While shooting .507 FG, .292 3PT, .752 FT.
Andrei Kirilenko instantly became the Minnesota's defensive anchor as his impact on both ends was felt immediately.
Every year coaches vote for the All-Defensive Teams. No Minnesota Timberwolf made either of the two teams, but he did receive one point, which means that one coach voted for him to be on the second team.
Assuming he either accepts his player option or declines it and sign a longer deal with the Wolves, he could find himself on this list in an injury-free 2013-14 season, especially if the Wolves can get Rubio, AK, Love & Pekovic (and maybe a competent shooting guard) on the floor for extended minutes.
Here are the two 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Teams...
G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
F: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
G: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
G: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics
F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
C: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies