13. Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett was one of the best players in the NBA, and he carried the Minnesota Timberwolves for years. But there was only so far he could take them without having any real star power around him.  Garnett grew frustrated, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics who gave up five players and two number one picks for the former MVP.  The Celtics had also acquired Ray Allen, and along with incumbent, Paul Pierce, Boston had a big three that content with anyone, and they did so immediately!

Bringing intensity and desire to win, Garnett would help bring the Celtics the NBA Championship in 2008 in his first season with Boston.  For his individual efforts, he would win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and was a First Team All-NBA Selection.  Garnett would be named an All-Star five times in Boston and was a three-time First Team All-Defensive Selection, and while his skills were declining year by year in the six seasons, as a Celtic he became an iconic figure in his second NBA city.

KG would average 15.7 Points and 8.3 Rebounds per Game with a PER of 21.1.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair and two 2009 1st Round Picks (which would be Wayne Ellington and Jonny Flynn) 7/31/07.
  • Departed: Traded to the Brooklyn Nets with Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, D.J. White a 2017 1st Round an 2nd Round Pick (which would be Kyle Kuzma and Sasha Veznekov respectively) for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace, and a 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 1st Round Pick (which would be James Young, Jaylen Brown, Markelle Fultz and Colin Sexton respectively) 7/12/13.
  • Games Played: 396
  • Per Game Averages: 31.0 MP
    .521 eFG%
    .827 FT%
    15.7 PTS
    8.3 RB
    2.7 AST
    1.2 STL
    1.0 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 21.1 PER
    .476 TS%
    21.3 VORP
    48.8 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NBA Champion (2008)
    Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
    First Team All-NBA (2008)
    First Team All-Defensive (2008, 2009 & 2011)
    Second Team All-Defensive (2012)
    All-Star (2008, 2009, 2011, 2011 & 2013)

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