Utah Jazz: Building my ultimate Jazz BIG3 3-on-3 squad

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Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MARCH 28: Former player Andrei Kirilenko is recognized for his achievements during the 10 years of his career before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 28, 2016 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko is a name that some of the younger fans may not be as familiar with, but they really ought to be.

His game was revolutionary; tailor-made for the NBA of today all the way back in the early 2000s. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — he was Draymond Green before Draymond Green was a thing. And he was more athletic to boot.

Just check out his reel —

In BIG3, AK47’s versatile skill set would really shine. He could guard anyone on the court, protecting both the rim and the perimeter. And offensively, he would make plays with the pass, with the slash and with the shot, both in space and among the trees.

In short, AK would be one of BIG3’s best ballers and the glue guy for my Jazz squad.

He may have moved on to whipping the national basketball program in his home country into shape — Kirilenko is currently serving as the commissioner of the Russian Basketball Federation — but I’d bet anything the 37-year-old can still ball with the best of ’em. His length and athleticism would rock the half-court.