Andrei Kirilenko: Newest T-Wolf's top 10 plays [VIDEO and EPIC TATTOO PHOTO]

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Kirilenko's strong play in Russia helped him earn a $20 million Kahntract.
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Yesterday, after clearing salary cap room by trading uber-bust Wes Johnson to Phoenix, the Timberwolves quietly signed possibly the best free agent left on the market -- Andrei Kirilenko.

Kirilenko --  a 31-year-old, 6'9" forward who spent all 10 years of his NBA career with Utah before winning the Euroleague MVP last season with CSKA Moscow -- reportedly agreed to a two-year, $20-million contract Kahntract. Reaction to the move was mixed, though the Twitter-sphere seemed slightly tilted toward praising T-Wolves management for snapping up a former All-Star and three-time All-Defensive Team award winner who seems to still be at or near peak form. (Others, instead of analyzing the on-court implications, focused on the Wolves possibly unprecedented collection of white players.)

Kirilenko has never been known as a high-flying dunker or flashy behind-the-back passer, but he has the sort of all-around versatility necessary to put up at least six steals, six blocks, six points, six rebounds, and six assists all in the same game -- he's one of only two NBA players to accomplish that, the other being Hakeem Olajuwon.

Flashy or not, over the course of his decade-long run with the Jazz, Kirilenko helped create his share of impressive highlights. In what follows, we count down his top 10 plays, with a photo of his epic back tattoo mixed in for good measure.

10. Okay, this is actually a not-top-10 play, but the double dose of mega-fail in this sequence is just too classic to ignore:



9. AK-47 -- he wears number 47 and is from the Soviet town where the gun was originally produced -- can drop some serious dimes:



8. Don't let the thin frame fool you -- Kirilenko is capable of putting his opponents on posters:



7. AK-47 has some acting skills, too. Check out how he responds to Matt Barnes' forearm graze as though he was just blasted with a bazooka, thereby drawing a whistle from the referee:





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MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

The Twolves should be interesting if they get AK 47.  I wouldn't mind them going after Kevin Martin or Andre Igodala if the deal doesn't work out. I am a little dissappointed they don't give Derrick Williams a bigger role.

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