AK47 ranked 79th after a year out of the NBA. Last year Kirilenko was ranked 90th. Clearly his performance playing for CKSA Moscow (was last season's MVP) and his play for Russia in the Olympics got the 'experts' excited.
They aren't the only one's. It feels GREAT to finally have a capable and competent small forward on the roster (even if AK's best position may be power forward). His versatility and ability to play nearly every position on the floor, Andrei will be one of Minnesota's best players this season.
With this rank, Kirilenko is pegged as the TWolves' third-best player (behind Kevin Love & Ricky Rubio) which sounds about right.
I'm expecting about 10 points, 4-5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block a night, which is probably the low-end of what he's capable of. Here's hoping that his defensive intensity, will allow him to become the Wolves' defensive anchor (I doubt he'll struggle to embrace that role).
Andrei signed a two-year, $20million contract with the Wolves this summer. That second year is a player option (though I seriously doubt he'll turn down $10million, next year).
Eleven down, two to go (Love & Rubio--Kevin should be Top 10 and Rubio Top 50). Stay tuned! Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!