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模板:Infobox Pro athlete Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is also known by the nickname "KG", "The Big Ticket" or "The Kid". After graduating from Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, he was drafted in 1995, the first NBA player drafted out of high school in 20 years. Because of his great athleticism and 2.12 m (6'11"ft) stature, he is widely considered to be one of the most unique and revolutionary basketball players to currently play the game. The versatile Garnett can at times seemingly play all five positions on the floor, though he has made his mark playing the power forward position. The personal highlight of his successful, though championship free, career thus far has been winning the 2004 NBA MVP Award.

NBA career 編輯

Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup in the middle of the season and ended up leading the Minnesota Timberwolves in blocks. He has since become not only the best player on the Timberwolves, but also one of the best players in the NBA. Garnett was selected to play in every All-Star game after his second season, winning All-Star MVP in 2003.

Garnett was a candidate for league MVP in 2002 and 2003, finishing second in the voting to Tim Duncan in 2003. He was named league MVP in 2004 after posting 24.3 points per game and leading the NBA in rebounds per game at 13.9.

Garnett and the Timberwolves have had difficulty in the playoffs, however, losing seven consecutive first round series. This streak ended in 2004, as the Timberwolves achieved the best record in the Western Conference and defeated the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings in the playoffs before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. In the process, Garnett silenced numerous critics when he became only the 5th player in history to record 30+ points and 20+ rebounds in a 7th game. He registered 32 points and 21 rebounds in the Game 7 victory over Sacramento. Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell played key roles alongside Garnett in the Timberwolves' 2004 success. However, they failed to match this performance in 2005, leading to the Timberwolves' failure to make the playoffs that year.

Garnett is considered to be one of the most complete players at the power forward position. Although nearly standing at 7 feet, he possesses great athleticism, ball handling skills and court vision. He is also one of the most versatile defenders, able to defend point guards to centers. Garnett is also a model of consistency; as of January 11, 2006, he has scored at least 10 points in 279 straight games, and started 309 straight games. He holds the record for most consecutive seasons (6) of averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, which had been held by Larry Bird. He has also consistenly been among the leaders in efficiency rating. [1]

By the latter half of the 2005-06 season, the Timberwolves were out of the playoff hunt, and rumors arose suggesting they would entertain trade offers for Garnett. At a post-season press conference, the Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale put these rumors to rest. [2]

Garnett leads all active NBA players (11 years) for the distinction of having played his entire career for only one team. Tied for second place are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers, each of whom have played 10 years on their respective teams.

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Player profile 編輯

Garnett is widely considered as one of the most complete basketball players ever. He combines athleticism with talent, being able to play any position from center to point guard and contribute on both ends of the court. He regularly records 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists a game (he regularly leads in double-doubles), is a good shot blocker and is known for his smothering defense. On offense, he can score from the paint and from outside, often scoring with his deadly turnaround jump shot. He regularly leads the www.nba.com efficiency ranking.

In spite of his stats, success has eluded Garnett. On one hand, he arguably never had the teammates (except for the one-year stint of Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell), but critics say that Garnett has never succeeded to make his teammates better, in contrast to contemporary "big men" like Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan who helped shape talents like Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili into legitimate superstars. Furthermore, he is one of the few superstars who has missed the playoffs in consecutive years during the prime of his career.

However, Garnett will most likely enter the NBA Hall of Fame, and has a "Hall of Fame Probability" of 0.96 according to Basketball-Reference.com. [3]

Achievements 編輯

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  • NBA Most Valuable Player: 2004
  • TSN NBA Most Valuable Player: 2004
  • 9-time NBA All-Star: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2003
  • 7-time All-NBA:
  • First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004
  • Second Team: 2001, 2002, 2005
  • Third Team: 1999
  • 7-time All-Defensive:
  • First Team: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Second Team: 2006
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 1996
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, PER: 2004 (29.4), 2005 (28.2)
  • 3-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds per game: 2004 (13.9), 2005 (13.5), 2006 (12.7)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds: 2004 (1,139), 2005 (1,108)
  • 4-time NBA regular-season leader, defensive rebounds: 2003 (858), 2004 (894), 2005 (861), 2006 (752)
  • NBA regular-season leader, points: 2004 (1,987)
  • NBA regular-season leader, field goals made: 2004 (804)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2006
  • Career triple-doubles: 13 (as of 2006) [5]
  • Only player in NBA history to:
  • average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per season for 6 consecutive seasons.
  • reach at least 17,000 points, 9,500 rebounds, 3,800 assists, 1,190 steals, and 1,450 blocks in his playing career.
  • Holds Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record for most points in one game with 47 vs. the Phoenix Suns on January 4, 2005.
  • Ranked #70 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of All Time in 2003.
  • Career stats: 20.4 ppg, 11.2 rbg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 bpg, 1.4 spg, .493 FG%, .298 3FG%, .773 FT%

Off the court 編輯

  • Garnett married long time girlfriend Brandi Padilla in the summer of 2004. The two had a private ceremony in California. The wedding was the reason he did not take part in the Olympic games. Brandi is the sister of the wife of Jimmy Jam Harris, one of Garnett's close friends.
  • Garnett loved the Chicago Bulls as a child growing up in Mauldin, South Carolina
  • In November 2005, Garnett donated $1.2 million to Oprah's Angel Network to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. 模板:Ref

External links 編輯

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