Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player with 21 seasons of playing in the NBA. He is a former NBA Champion, an NBA Most Valuable Player, and NBA All-Star Game MVP. Garnett has a gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics and another gold medal for the 1999 FIBA American Championship in San Juan.
From 1995 to 2016, he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets. In NBA, Garnett is considered one of the best all-around players. Standing at 6 ft 11 inches, he played as a power-forward and center.
Garnett completed his high school from Mauldin High School, South Carolina. He then went on to study and graduate at 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. The State of Illinois named him Mr. Basketball as Garnett averaged 6.5 blocks, 6.7 assists, 17.9 rebounds, and 25.2 points while shooting 66.8 percent from the field.
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.