Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics team of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In NBA, Garnett is considered one of the best all-around players. He plays as a power-forward for the Celtics. Garnett weighs 253 lb and is 6 ft 11 inches in height.
Garnett completed his high school from Mauldin High School, South Carolina. He completed his graduation from the Farragut career Academy. As Farragut was led by Garnett to a 28-2 record, USA Today named Garnett as the National High School Player of the Year. When Garnett averaged 6.5 blocks, 6.7 assists, 17.9 rebounds and 25.2 points when shooting 66.8 percent from the field he was called Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois.
While in high school for four years Garnett recorded some impressive statistics of 737 blocked shots, 1,809 rebounds and 2,533 points. Soon after graduation he was drafted in the 1995 NBA.
Minnesota Timberwolves which was struggling during the 1995 NBA draft drafted Garnett with the fifth pick. In this way after Moses Malone who was drafted in 1974 Garnett became the first player to be drafted directly out of high school. In this rookie year Garnett came off the bench initially but after Saunders became head coach he moved into the starting lineup. In this year he had an average of 1.8 apg, 6.3 rpg and 10.4 ppg and was further selected in the All-Rookie second team. During this period, he was the youngest NBA player at 19 years and 11 months of age.
Garnett performed well in the 2001-02 NBA season. He had an average of 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks, 5.2 assists, 12.1 rebounds and 21.2 points per game. This was sufficient to nominate Garnett into an All-NBA second team again.
In 2003-04 season Garnett average score was 1.5 steals, 2.2 blocks, 5.0 assists, 13.9 rebounds and 24.2 points per game. Due to this performance Garnett received the Most Valuable Player award. In the 2004-05 season Garnett was once again chosen for the All-NBA Second Team with a 44-38 record. Despite of Garnett ’s outstanding performance the Wolves failed to make it the NBA playoffs.
The 2005-06 season was a complete disappointment for Garnett. Although Garnett played his game, the team could not register a good performance. In fact after Garnett had joined the franchise this was the second worst performance. The All-NBA Third team selected Garnett on 10 May 2007.
On 31 July Garnett was exchanged for Theo Ratliff, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes and Al Jefferson and then Garnett became a member of the Boston Celtics. This was one of the largest 7 for 1 trade in the history of NBA.
On 24 January the NBA All-Star Ballot received their final votes in which all the players were led by Garnett. The starters of the 2008 NBA All-Star Game were decided by these votes. 2399148 voted for Garnett which in the NBA All-Star Balloting history was the 6th highest total.
Currently Garnett along with his team the Boston Celtics has entered the NBA finals against the L.A. Lakers.
NBA Most Valuable Player: 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2008 11-time NBA All-Star: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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