Timberwolves' Kirlienko is 2012 FIBA POY

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Timberwolves' Kirlienko is 2012 FIBA POY

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko has been named the 2012 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) player of the year, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old spent last season in Russia playing for CSKA Moscow, averaging 14.1 points to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game.

Kirilenko signed with Minnesota this past summer, that after leading Russia to its first-ever bronze medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

He's enjoyed success thus far with the Timberwolves, putting up 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting a career-high 51.0 percent from the floor.

This marks the second time Kirilenko has been named the FIBA player of the year, with the other coming in 2007.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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