The NBA has seen a lot of great players come and go throughout their careers. One of those players is Kevin Garnett. Garnett is a name that people who follow basketball closely will always remember. He impacted the game in a big way during his career.
On this date 25 years ago, the NBA was introduced to Garnett as he made his debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He went on to receive numerous accolades and became an NBA champion.
Kevin Garnett became a dominant player on the court
Garnett was a player who played with a lot of emotion on the court, and he wasn’t afraid to show it either. He was a defensive nightmare for opposing teams. Garnett made sure you felt his presence on the defensive end. At 6-foot-11, he used his long arms to block shots and crash the boards on both defense and offense. In 2008, he won the Defensive Player of the Year as a member of the Boston Celtics. During the 2007-08 season, Garnett averaged 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
Garnett had a lot of success playing in Boston as he was a part of the team that won the NBA title in 2008. That was Garnett’s only title he won during his career, and it was well-deserving. Garnett was a vocal leader on the court, and he was not afraid to talk trash to his opponents. That was part of his game. He loved to get under his opponent’s skin and throw him off their game.
Garnett played for three different teams during his career. He played for the Timberwolves, Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets. Garnett made 15 All-Star teams during his career, a nine-time All-NBA selection, a 12-time All-Defensive team selection, and a four-time rebounding champion. His resume is very impressive, and there’s a reason he was a member of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class.
Kevin Garnett was a double-double machine during his prime years
Garnett had a memorable career in Minnesota. When you think of the all-time greats that played for the Timberwolves, Garnett is on that list. According to Bleacher Report, Garnett is the No. 1 player on the all-time top 25 players list. Looking at his career in Minnesota, you can see why he’s at the top of that list.
Garnett spent the first 12 years of his career in Minnesota. He averaged a double-double for nine consecutive seasons. The talented forward could shoot well from mid-range, and that’s something most players his size couldn’t do. He was a threat on offense and defense, and he continued to improve his game each year. Garnett was named the NBA MVP during the 2003-04 season.
Garnett made his debut 25 years ago on this date
On November 3, 1995, Garnett made his regular-season debut in the NBA. Here was a kid straight out of high school, now playing at the highest stage of basketball. As a 19-year-old rookie, Garnett came off the bench in his first game against the Sacramento Kings. He scored eight points, shooting 4-of-4 from the field in 16 minutes.
He finished his rookie season averaging 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. For 21 years, Garnett dedicated his time to the NBA and left it all on the court. Garnett went from being a 19-year-old rookie to an established superstar throughout his career.