But in this game most of the times the numbers (the stats) are the ones showing how great a player it is so let's take a look at Kevin numbers now after 21 years of professional carrier.
The following are total stats from the regular season:
GP (games played) - 1462 (5th all time)
MP (minutes played) - 50418 (3rd all time)
PTS (points scored) - 26071 (20th all time)
FGM (field goals made) - 10505 (15th all time)
FGA (field goals attempts) - 21142 (12th all time)
2-FGM (2 points filed goals made) - 10331 (12th all time)
2-FGA (2 points filed goal attempts) - 20510 (14th all time)
FTM (free trows made) - 4887 (41st all time)
FTA (free trows attempts) - 6190 (42nd all time)
REB (total number of rebounds) - 14662 (10th all time)
OREB (offensive rebounds) - 3209 (26th all time)
DREB (defensive rebounds) - 11453 (2nd all time)
AST (total number of assists) - 5445 (47th all time)
STL (total number of steals) - 1859 (18th all time)
BLK (total number of blocks) - 2037 (19th all time)
The following are total stats from the playoffs:
GP (games played) - 143 (50th all time)
MP (minutes played) - 5283 (39th all time)
PTS (points scored) - 2601 (36th all time)
FGM (field goals made) - 1059 (29th all time)
FGA (field goals attempts) - 2216 (30th all time)
2-FGM (2 points filed goals made) - 1044 (28th all time)
2-FGA (2 points filed goal attempts) - 2161 (28th all time)
FTM (free trows made) - 468 (61st all time)
FTA (free trows attempts) - 593 (64th all time)
REB (total number of rebounds) - 1534 (18th all time)
OREB (offensive rebounds) - 320 (33th all time)
DREB (defensive rebounds) - 1214 (8th all time)
AST (total number of assists) - 471 (54th all time)
STL (total number of steals) - 178 (29th all time)
BLK (total number of blocks) - 186 (23rd all time)
Keep in mind that all the stats are up to date and don't reflect his position in the all time leaderboard when he retired.
But sometimes it's not just all about the numbers or the stats even do i know a lot of people that are following them religiously when it comes to their favorite players. Have to admit i do the same sometimes but i like to think that basketball is more then just numbers.
Kevin Garnett was drafted in 1995 by Minnesota Timberwolves, and made an immediate impact leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. Even now because of him my heart somehow is still with that team and i am really glad to see him now getting involved in the development of the youngest like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Antony Towns and there is no wonder why both of the won ROY (Rookie of the Year award).
With the Timberwolves Garnett manage to win the MVP (Most Valuable Player award) award in 2004 when he lead the team to the Western Conference Finals.
In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves and 927 games, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade (the 7-for-1 deal constitutes the largest number of players traded for a single player in league history). I was really sad that time when the trade was done as i really wanted him to stay with the Wolves and win a championship. I told to my self... well its time for me to buy a new jersey now with the same player but a different team and a different jersey number.
In 2007-2008 Kevin Garnett was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and during his stellar career was selected 12 times for All-Defensive Team. As well his dream came true in that year as he won a championship with the Celtics!
In 2013 he joins the Nets for two year and then in 2015 he signs back with the Timberwolves for his last season of his career. I know as soon as he come back home that 2015-2016 is going to be his last season. The age 40 that time and the injures most probably determinate him to retire.
Kevin Garnett was as well selected 15 times to the NBA All Star Game and won in 2003 NBA All Star Game MVP. Most of the people are still saying that he won that MVP because of the magical shoot of Michael Jordan that bring the game to overtime but if you look at the game you have to admit that he played so good that even Jordan admitted that he deserve to won.
There are few other achievements and records i would like to mention:
Only NBA player to reach at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 steals and 1,500 blocks . Only NBA player to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game for 6 consecutive seasons. Only NBA player to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game for 9 consecutive seasons. First NBA player to win the NBA Player of the Month Award four times in a single season. Third NBA player to lead his team in all five major statistics (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) in the same season. Member of the USA Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2000.
About Kevin Garnett i can talk and write for hours but i hope it will remain in our minds as one of the best who played the game, one of the best defender of his times and the player with so much passion about the game!
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