Kirilenko must be Utah's shooting star

Andrei Kirilenko has the skills of a future All-Star, but he needs to be a shooting star this season.

Updated: October 12, 2003, 2:00 AM ET
By Chad Ford |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Utah Jazz.

Andrei Kirilenko
It's time for Andrei Kirilenko to show off his offensive skills in Utah.
Best Case Scenario
Three things need to happen for the Jazz to win 34 games and be respectable in the West this year.

1. Andrei Kirilenko becomes a star. Kirilenko does just about everything well. He's a great athlete, rebounder, shot blocker and defender. But until he gets that jump shot to fall, he'll struggle to become The Man with the Jazz. He averaged over 20 points per game at the European Championships, but unless he can sink a few jumpers, he won't be able to take over games.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer