After 21 seasons, Number 21, Kevin Garnett announced his retirement from the NBA Kevin Garnett was drafted fifth overall in the 95 draft, by the Timberwolves straight out of high school. Garnett leaves behind a legacy as one of the fiercest and most passionate players and leaders in NBA history.
Garnett spent most of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and helped revived a franchise that hadn’t had much success before his arrival. He is the franchise all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, games played, blocks shots and many other categories. Every single game, KG left it all out there on the floor for the Timberwolves. In 2004, KG, Sam Cassell, and Latrell Sprewell would lead the wolves to the WCF where the lost to the Lakers in 5 games.
In 2008, KG would get traded to the Boston Celtics and formed the Big three with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They would achieve immediate success winning the NBA championship in there first year together. After his first championship, KG gave us one of the most iconic sports quote in history when he said “Anything is possible.” That quote sums up KG career; who proved that anything was possible through his hard work, intensity and leadership.
Very people players in NBA history can say that the changed the fortunate of two different franchises. That’s how special KG was. He made an impact wherever he went. Even though he only spent one season in Brooklyn, his toughness rubbed off on Brook Lopez and the Nets organization.
KG is one of three players in history with 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 5,000 assist. The other two are hall of famers Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He is also a 15X all star, MVP and Defensive Player of the year.
His presence and impact is still felt in the NBA today. His passion, leadership and mentorship have paved the way for a young Timberwolves team to take the NBA by storm. Karl Anthony Towns is following in the footsteps of his mentor KG. Whenever you see a PF handling the ball and shooting mid range jump shots, just remember that KG started it. He revolutionize and change the way the PF position is played in the NBA.
There will never be another Kevin Garnett. On behalf of all basketball fans everywhere, ThankYouKG.
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