One of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett, bid farewell to the NBA after 21 seasons. This marks the end of an era in the NBA as KG joins Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in retirement. KG was picked fifth overall by Minnesota in 1995 NBA Draft. In the 90s Garnett was one of players who made the biggest splashes in the league drafted straight out of high school.
Garnett would go on to play 12 seasons with the Timberwolves and made a name for himself as a complete player who wore his emotions on his sleeve. His passion and intensity, while overwhelming at times, generally served to spark his teammates into action. He played so hard and with so much ferocity that it overflowed and made his teammates want to play at the same level.
KG parted ways with Minnesota and moved to the Boston Celtics via a self-requested trade in 2007. Along with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett formed Boston’s “Big 3,” which sparked the trend of assembling of stars to form “super teams” in the NBA to win championships. The trio would succeed in this endeavor in 2008.
After a brief stop with the Brooklyn Nets, Garnett made his way back to Minnesota, to where it all began. In his last two seasons with them KG would help mentor the young core of the franchise, giving them inspiration, advice, and leadership that few other players would be able to impart.
Through his illustrious career “the Big Ticket” would post averages of 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. He the 2003-04 Most Valuable Player and the 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year awardee. Kevin was a 12-time All-Defensive Team selection, and also appeared in 15 All-Star Games. Expect him to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible.