The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

20. Andrei Kirilenko

Country of origin: Russia
Team(s): Jazz, Timberwolves, Nets
Career years: 2001-2011; 2012-present
Career stats: 745 G, 12.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Accolades: 1x All-Star, 1x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1x NBA Blocks Leader, 2002 NBA All-Rookie First Team

The first Russian ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, Andrei Kirilenko has quietly had an outstanding career thanks to his versatility on both ends of the court. Drafted by the Utah Jazz at age 18, Kirilenko incubated in Europe for another two years before finally joining his new team in time for the 2001-02 season. He had his best season in 2003-04, where he averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game (both career bests), making the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. In 2006, he became one of just two players in NBA history (along with Hakeem Olajuwon) to post a "5 x 6," i.e., tallying at least six points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a game.

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