Kevin Garnett, in full Kevin Maurice Garnett, byname KG, (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina, USA), an American professional basketball player who was one of the most versatile and dominant players of his time.
Garnett played three seasons of high school basketball in South Carolina before transferring to a Chicago school for his senior year. In 1995, the 6-foot-11 (2.1-meter) Garnett averaged 25.2 points, 17.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 6.5 blocked shots per game while leading his team to a city championship, and he has been named national player of the year by many organizations. After winning the Most Valuable Player award at the McDonald’s All-American basketball game and providing impressive training for National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts, he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. in 1995. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the fifth overall selection in the draft, becoming the first person in 20 years to be drafted by an NBA team straight from high school.
Garnett had an immediate impact on the NBA; his mix of size, athleticism and shooting ability made him a tough game for his opponents. In his second season, he was picked to play in the NBA All-Star Game, and he led the Timberwolves to the franchise’s first playoff appearance. In 1997, he signed a contract extension that promised him $ 126 million over six years – the highest paying long-term contract in the history of American professional sports at the time. Garnett’s stint in Minnesota produced a series of notable individual achievements – he was named All-Star in 10 of his first 12 seasons and was the NBA’s MVP for the 2003-2004 season – but his team has passed the first round of the playoffs only once and never made it to the NBA Finals. After the 2006-07 season, the Timberwolves’ management decided to enter a period of rebuilding, and they traded Garnett to the Boston Celtics for a record seven players.
In his first year with Boston, he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and he teamed up with fellow All-Stars Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to lead the Celtics to the NBA Championship in 2008. Garnett a helped an aging Boston team reach the NBA. finals for the second time in three years during the 2009-10 season, but the Celtics were ultimately beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. While Garnett helped the Celtics reach the conference finals in 2011–12, the franchise felt it needed to rebuild itself around young players, and Garnett was traded (along with Pierce) to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012–13 season. His production declined significantly in Brooklyn: he averaged just 6.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during his two partial seasons with the Nets (injuries limited him to 54 games during the campaign. 2013-2014) before being traded to Minnesota in February 2015. Garnett averaged a career low of 3.2 points per game during the 2015-2016 season, as he played sparingly and served primarily as a mentor for the many young players in the Minnesota roster. He retired from the NBA in September 2016 with the 17th most career points (26,071) and 9th most career rebounds (14,662) in league history.
After his retirement, the outspoken Garnett became a commentator on an NBA-themed television studio show. In 2019, he appeared as himself in the crime comedy Uncut Gems, which starred Adam Sandler.
10 Facts about Minesotta Timverwolves and Boston Celtics Star Kevin Garnett
- He absolutely loves Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” series of books.
- In his senior year of high school, he moved to Chicago and played for the local basketball team where he was named Mr. Basketball in Illinoi.
- In the summer of 2004 he married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla, which forced him to miss the Olympics.
- Even though he had multiple scholarship offers, he chose to forgo college and go straight up to the pros.
- Every mourning he drinks Gatorade mixed with coffee to wake up.
- He is a big fan of memorabilia and has kept every single game jersey he has ever used.
- In NBA circles his nickname is “The Big Ticket”, due to his ability to fill stadiums during road games with people that came to see him play.
- He is a notorious trash talker that has gotten into fights with multiple other athletes, such as Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony.
- He once yelled at his teammate Glenn Davis so hard during a game that he made him cry in the bench.
- One of his most iconic moments is after he won the NBA championship, where he stood in the center of the court screaming “Anything is possible” to the camera.
Kevin Garnett Achievements in his NBA Career:
He set numerous NBA records, The only player in NBA history to reach at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 steals and 1,500 blocks in his career, The only player in NBA history to have averaged at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game for 6 consecutive seasons, etc.
- NBA champion: 2008
- Olympic gold medal: 2000
- NBA Most Valuable Player: 2004
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2008
- NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2003
- 15-time NBA All-Star: 1997–2011, 2013
- Selected to 14 consecutive All-Star teams (1997–2011) (no game in 1999 due to lockout)
- Selected in 2008, but did not play due to injury
- 9-time All-NBA selection:
- First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
- Second Team: 2001, 2002, 2005
- Third Team: 1999, 2007
- 12-time All-Defensive:
- First Team: 2000–2005, 2008–2009, 2011
- Second Team: 2006–2007, 2012
- NBA All-Rookie selection:
- Second team: 1996
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2006