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Kevin Garnett

1X
NBA Champion
1X
NBA MVP
15X
NBA All-Star
9X
All-NBA
1X
NBA Defensive Player Of The Year
12X
NBA All-Defensive

Things to Know


A drive so strong it inspired others.

Kevin Garnett is one of three players in NBA history -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone are the others -- with at least 20,000 career points, 10,000 career rebounds and 5,000 career assists. He's also one of two players -- Hakeem Olajuwon is the other -- with at least 1,800 career steals and 1,800 career blocks.

In some ways, Garnett was a modern big man. He didn't shoot many 3-pointers, but was very comfortable playing and shooting from 15 feet and out. He took more than half of his shots from mid-range (between the paint and the 3-point line) in each of his last 11 seasons.

Career
He was also the ideal defender for the modern NBA, a big man who could defend the rim, but also switch onto guards and stay with them on the perimeter. He was, arguably, one of the best defensive players in NBA history. Garnett was also old school: a fierce competitor and intense individual who liked to antagonize his foes.

Garnett didn't play organized basketball until high school, but after transferring to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago for his senior year, he was named USA Today National High School Player of the Year. He won the Most Outstanding Player award at the McDonald's All-American Game and was selected with the fifth pick in the 1995 draft.

Over his first 11 seasons with Minnesota, Garnett averaged 20.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, never missing more than six games in any of those 11 seasons and earning the nickname, "The Big Ticket." He also earned MVP honors in the 2003-04 season, leading the Timberwolves to the best record in the Western Conference.

The 2003-04 season was the only one in the Wolves' 32-year history that they won a playoff series. They won two, with Garnett registering 32 points, 21 rebounds, four steals and five blocks in Game 7 of the conference semifinals against Sacramento. But his team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the conference finals.

After four more seasons in Minnesota (over which the Wolves failed to reach the playoffs), Garnett was traded to Boston, where he joined Paul Pierce and Ray Allen (acquired from Seattle earlier in the summer of 2007), forming a new "Big Three."

In their first season together, Boston won 29 of its first 32 games, had the league's best defense and finished with a league-high 66 wins. Garnett was the defensive fulcrum and won Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Celtics won the franchise's 17th championship by ousting the Lakers in The Finals. Garnett led the team in scoring (20.4 ppg), rebounds (10.5), steals (1.3) and blocks (1.1) in the 2008 playoffs.

After the Celtics came a few possessions shy of another championship in 2010, they sent Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn in a blockbuster trade in 2013. The Nets' "superteam" won just one playoff series and after a year and a half in Brooklyn, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota in 2015, where he finished his career in 2016.

Garnett was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the illustrious class of 2020, which also included Tim Duncan and the late Kobe Bryant.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Kevin Garnett

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett's Top 50 Plays

Kevin Garnett's Top 50 Plays

Kevin Garnett's unmatched intensity

Kevin Garnett's unmatched intensity

Kevin Garnett Career Retrospective

Kevin Garnett Career Retrospective

Stats


17.8
PPG
10.0
RPG
3.7
APG
19,201
PTS (1st All-Time MIN)
10,718
REB (1st All-Time MIN)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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2015-16MIN403814.63.21.43.047.00.00.00.00.40.666.70.43.63.91.60.70.30.41.8
2014-15TOT394720.36.93.06.546.70.00.114.30.81.080.01.05.66.61.61.00.41.02.3
2014-15MIN39519.67.63.66.258.10.00.20.00.40.850.00.44.85.21.61.00.80.22.6
2014-15BKN394220.36.83.06.545.50.00.116.70.81.082.91.15.76.81.61.00.31.12.3
2013-14BKN385420.56.52.96.644.10.00.10.00.70.980.91.15.56.61.50.80.71.32.3
2012-13BOS376829.714.86.212.549.60.00.212.52.33.078.61.16.77.82.31.10.91.62.3
2011-12BOS366031.115.86.513.050.30.10.233.32.73.285.71.17.18.22.90.91.01.82.4
2010-11BOS357131.314.96.111.652.80.00.120.02.63.186.21.27.78.92.41.30.81.62.1
2009-10BOS346929.914.35.811.252.10.00.120.02.73.283.71.16.27.32.71.00.81.52.5
2008-09BOS335731.115.86.913.053.10.00.125.01.92.384.11.47.18.52.51.11.21.62.2
2007-08BOS327132.818.87.513.953.90.00.20.03.84.780.11.97.39.23.41.41.31.92.3
2006-07MIN317639.422.48.417.647.60.20.721.45.56.683.52.410.412.84.11.21.72.72.4
2005-06MIN307638.921.88.215.752.60.10.426.75.26.481.02.89.912.74.11.41.42.42.7
2004-05MIN298238.122.28.316.650.20.10.324.05.46.781.13.010.513.55.71.51.42.72.5
2003-04MIN288239.424.29.819.649.90.10.525.64.55.779.13.010.913.95.01.52.22.62.5
2002-03MIN278240.523.09.118.150.20.20.928.24.66.175.13.010.513.46.01.41.62.82.4
2001-02MIN268139.221.28.117.347.00.51.431.94.45.580.13.09.112.15.21.21.62.82.3
2000-01MIN258139.522.08.718.247.70.20.828.84.45.876.42.78.711.45.01.41.82.82.5
1999-00MIN248140.022.99.418.849.70.41.037.03.85.076.52.89.011.85.01.51.63.32.5
1998-99MIN234737.920.88.819.146.00.10.328.63.14.470.43.56.910.44.31.71.82.93.2
1997-98MIN228239.318.57.715.849.10.00.218.83.04.073.82.76.99.64.21.71.82.32.7
1996-97MIN217738.917.07.114.349.90.10.328.62.73.575.42.55.68.03.11.42.12.32.6
1995-96MIN208028.710.44.59.249.10.10.428.61.31.970.52.24.16.31.81.11.61.42.4
Overall146234.517.87.214.549.70.10.427.53.34.278.92.27.810.03.71.31.42.22.4
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.