Kirilenko 2003 to 2009 on Utah 1997 to 2003

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Kirilenko 2003 to 2009 on Utah 1997 to 2003 

Post#1 » by migya » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:39 am

Andrei Kirilenko from his second season, 2003, to 2009 on Utah from 1997 to 2003. He can be the starting SF or sixth man in 1997 and starting SF from 1998 to 2003.

The Jazz came close to winning in 97 and 98 and were a very good team up to 2003 when Stockton retired and Malone left to the Lakers.

How does Utah go in this time period and do they win any championships? If they do how does that improve the career view of Stockton and Malone?
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Re: Kirilenko 2003 to 2009 on Utah 1997 to 2003 

Post#2 » by HomoSapien » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:24 am

It certainly helps to be able to put AK on Pip and Russ on Jordan, as the alternative was Hornaceck trying to defend Pippen. Bulls exploited that mismatch a good amount by getting Pipeen easy looks in the post.

It also gives the Jazz a small ball option with AK matched up against Kukoc on the four (with Malone at the 5 against Rodman).
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Re: Kirilenko 2003 to 2009 on Utah 1997 to 2003 

Post#3 » by falcolombardi » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:38 am

added straight up? i think they win at least 1 ring against bulls

he would make that utah defense scary, and they were already a elite offense
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Re: Kirilenko 2003 to 2009 on Utah 1997 to 2003 

Post#4 » by migya » Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:24 am

AK was a difference maker defensively. Likely his adoring gives the Jazz both championships, though 97 not as certain as AK was still improving but his defense was already really good. Think they get it in 99 as well. Think Kirilenko shuts down Rasheed against Portland. The Spurs would be tough but 2005 AK was his peak and though he missed half the season, I forget of he was injured at the end of the season and wouldn't be able to play in the playoffs, that Jazz team could've beaten that Spurs team. In 2000, 2006 Kirilenko was as good as 2005 as with 99 he'd shut down Rasheed again I think. Blazers were very good that series but a great defender that can score as well makes a big difference. Maybe they'd win and adjust the Lakers I think they could go toe to toe. Utah was always a bad matchup for the Shaq Lakers and AK would have noone defending him and he would be havoc defensively.

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