2012 NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett Quietly Leading Celtics with Consistent Scoring

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMay 17, 2012

Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett.Elsa/Getty Images

Veteran forward/center Kevin Garnett has always been a fierce competitor that wants to win and is willing to put the work in for that to happen.

The former high school phenom is three days away from his 36th birthday but has been quietly leading the Boston Celtics during the playoffs in hopes of helping his team make another run at a possible NBA championship.

Ever since his days with the Minnesota Timberwolves as an 18 year old (coming directly out of high school), Garnett showed that he is indeed a special player that works and plays hard along with having the desire to win.

During his time with in Minnesota, Garnett made it only as far as the Western Conference Finals back in 2004, but never beyond.

Since being acquired by the Boston Celtics in 2007, Garnett has gotten a chance to experience success later on in his career by winning his first NBA championship back in 2008 with help from veterans Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, not to mention the play of point guard Rajon Rondo.

Garnett, Pierce, Allen—referred to as the Big Three—and Rondo are now looking to make another deep run, as this could be their last time being in such a situation. Both Garnett and Allen are free agents at the end of the season, and it is unsure what their plans will be, as both players are in the latter years of their basketball playing careers.

During the postseason, Garnett has been averaging 19.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as he splits time playing at both the power forward and center positions compared to 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during 60 regular season appearances.

Garnett must know that his window for winning an NBA championship is on the decline, and he is focused more than ever to have another chance at success.