The All Time All Alphabet team moves on the letter K.
Small Forward - Bernard King
Professional scorer Bernard King was a typical 80's wing. A lightning fast and explosive 6'7” wing who completely eschewed the three point line, King was a mid range assassin with a toolbox full of low post moves. The career 22.5 point scorer led the NBA scoring charts in 1985, giving the Knicks 32.5 points a night before a devastating knee injury (ACL, cartledge and a broken bone) caused him to miss the remainder of that season as well as the '86 season entirely. The what if's defined King's career: injuries, arrests and alcoholism.
King could always score – as a rookie in New Jersey he 24.2 points along with 9.5 rebounds – before he moved to Utah and missed most of the 1983 season to mental health and alcohol issues. He started to get his career back on track in Golden State before becoming a star in New York. Back to back 50 point games, a 40 point half and a 60 point game in the 1984 season made King an All Star. In '85 he was an MVP candidate before his knee exploded. The combination of King and a young Patrick Ewing were supposed to lead the Knicks back to the promised land. Alas....
Despite working diligently to reclaim his former throne, King's speed had evaporated and he was never the same. To his credit, he altered his game to be more powerful and continued to put up healthy numbers in Washington, where he was able to claim his 4th All Star appearance (6 years after his 3rd) in 1991 at the age of 34. He finished 3rd in the league in scoring that season.
Power Forward – Andrei Kirilenko
Like his fellow European, AK47 is one of the more versatile players of his era. A speedy, lithe power forward with 3 point range, Kirilenko was a true 5-position defensive ace, who could nullify all but the burliest low post brutes.
The 3 time All Defense selection had a strange end to his career, leaving Utah aged 29 due to the lockout to play in his native Russia for the 2012 season. He returned to the NBA firstly as a role player in Minnesota for a year, before stumping up in Brooklyn for a career end that was truly bizarre.
In his pomp, Kirilenko seemed to be everywhere at once on the court. He would be guarding a point guard on the wing before flying in for a weak side block, staring the break, then spotting up in the corner for a three pointer.
He was a genuine all rounder who regularly posted 5x5 box scores (at least 5 points, boards, blocks, steals and assists), as well as being a dynamite on ball defender, and a willing play maker. In many ways, Kirilenko was the poor man's Scottie Pippen.
The 2005 blocks leader averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and a pair of blocks through his time in Salt Lake. He also led the league in Free Passes per season.