Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett was the first player drafted in twenty years to come from prep to pro.  There were many who were concerned that this was too far a leap for anyone to make.  They needn’t have worried.

KG would become one of the best players in the game and for many WAS the Minnesota Timberwolves.  He would make that team a must watch proposition and would change the teams fortunes.  Garnett took them to the playoffs year after year, including one run where he was able to take the T-Wolves to the Western Final in a year he was also named the league MVP. 

The trash talker would be traded to the Boston Celtics forming a “big three” with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce and would finally win that elusive title and after a stint with the Nets he returned to Minnesota to finish his career.

Garnett retired after twenty-one seasons with 15 All Star appearances, an MVP, a Defensive Player of the Year Award and made nine All NBA teams.  There should be no doubt that we have a first ballot Hall of Famer on our hands.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Greenville, SC)
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Center
  • Played For: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 5th Overall in 1995
  • Major Accolades and Awards: MVP (1) (2003-2004)
    Defensive Player of the Year (1) (2007-2008)
    First Team All NBA (4) (1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2007-08)
    Second Team All NBA (3) (2000-01, 2001-02 & 2004-05)
    Third Team All NBA (2) (1999-98 & 2006-07)
    NBA All Star (15) (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013)
    First Team All Defensive (9) (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11)
    Second Team All Defensive (3) (2005-06, 2006-07, 2011-12)
    Second Team All Rookie (1995-96)
    Most Field Goals (2003-04)
    Most Field Goal Attempts (2003-04)
    Most Two Point Field Goals (2003-04)
    Most Two Point Field Goal Attempts (1998-99 & 2003-04)
    Most Defensive Rebounds (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Rebounds (2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Most Points (2003-04)
    Most Rebounds per Game (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Highest PER (2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Highest Defensive Rebound Percentage (2003-04 & 2006-07)
    Highest Defensive Rating (2007-08 & 2011-12)
    Most Win Shares (2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Most Win Shares per 48 Minutes (2003-04)
    Highest Box Plus/Minus (2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Highest VORP (2002-03, 2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Championship Rings: (1) (Boston Celtics, 2008)
    Olympic Gold Medal: (U.S.A. 2000)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (7) (1997-98 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2004-05)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (8) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (4) (1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03 & 2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (10) (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (9) (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (3) (1996-97, 1997-98 & 2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (4) (1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (2) (2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (3) (1999-2000, 2002-03 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (3) (1999-2000, 2002-03 & 2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (10) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (1) (1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (9) (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-8)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (7) (1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (10) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (11) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 2.   Defensive Rebounds: 11,453
    4.   Minutes Played: 50,418
    4.   VORP: 94.0
    5.   Games Played: 1,462
    9.   Win Shares: 191.4
    10.  Rebounds: 14,662
    12.  Two Point Field Goals: 10,331
    14.  Field Goals: 10,505
    16.  Box Plus/Minus: 5.4
    17.  Steals: 1,859
    20.  Points: 26,071
    20.  Blocks: 2,037
    27.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,209
    27.  PER: 22.7
    42.  Free Throws: 4,887
    48.  Assists: 5,445

Should Kevin Garnett be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 92.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.1%

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