Nets like AK-47

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
7:07
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It sounds like the Nets like Andrei Kirilenko -- a lot.

Just look at point guard Deron Williams’ and GM Billy King’s responses when asked about the versatile 30-year-old Russian forward.

“There’s not that many guys in this league that can fill up the stat-sheet like he can across the board. He’s a versatile player,” Williams said Thursday. “I think he just took a lot of of negative publicity due to the size of his contract in Utah. And he was still a great player for us, still did a lot of great things for us. But when you’re making $17 million, a lot is expected of you. For the right price, he’s a bargain, he’s a great player. He can help a team definitely in many ways. He can pass the ball, he can rebound, he’s a great defender, great shotblocker. Like I said, he can play three or four positions, so he’d definitely be a great asset to have.”

“I like him. I like his versatility,” King said. “You know, in talking to Avery [Johnson], I’m trying to give him enough versatile pieces so when he’s subbing, he’s not worried that this guy can’t do that or that. I think our backcourt gives him that, and now we’re going to continue to add to the frontcourt. Andrei does that, Kris [Humphries] does that as well, and there’s some other guys that we’re looking at. … It’s going to take time. I’m not going to rush in and just something, because I think when you do that you lock yourself in. If we don’t [do something] we’re going to keep flexibility for next year, cap-wise, going forward as well.”

In 681 games, the 10-year vet has averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 blocks. He is a great defender and can guard multiple positions on the floor.

Most importantly, the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder would be an upgrade over Shelden Williams.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8