AK 47 Wins Defensive Player of the Year Award April 25, 2012 17:18

Former Utah Jazz player, Andrei Kirilenko, has won EuroLeague's defensive player of the year award, as chosen by the head coaches in the league.

The 6'9'', CSKA Moscow forward averaged 7.2 rebounds (5.5 on the defensive end), 1.53 steals and 1.9 blocks, while continuously hounding his opponents into poor shooting nights.

Kirilenko finished the Euroleague season, with the highest performance index rating of anyone in the league, with 24.1. He was also the only player to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, steals and blocks.

When Kirilenko played for the Utah Jazz, in the NBA, he was nicknamed AK47. The name comes from the fact that his initials are AK, he wore jersey number 47, and he just so happens to come from the city in Russia where the guns were manufactured.