#5 Kevin Garnett (PF)
Born: May 19, 1976
Hometown: Mauldin, South Carolina
School: Sr. Year - Farragut Career Academy (IL)
Drafted: 5th Overall in 1995 (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Years in the League: 13
Kevin was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the 1995-96 season.
He made the All-NBA Third Team twice (1999, 2007)
He was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times (2001, 2002, 2005)
Garnett made the All-NBA First Team three times (2000, 2003, 2004)
Kevin made the All-Defensive Second Team twice (2006, 2007)
He was named to the All-Defensive First team six years in a row (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
He is has been a member of the NBA All-Star Game 11 times and was named the All-Star Game MVP in 2003.
Kevin was the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner in 2006.
Garnett was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2004.
Longest Playoff Run:
Made it to the Western Conference Finals with the Timberwolves in 2004.
First Player in NBA History to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per game for 6 consecutive seasons. (1999-2005)
First Player in NBA History to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists per game for 9 consecutive seasons. (1998-2007)
First Player in NBA History to reach at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists, 1,200 steals, and 1,500 blocks in his playing career.
Analysis of 2007-08 Contribution:
Kevin Garnett reluctantly left the Minnesota Timberwolves after years of abuse from the team owner and front office. The energy, intensity, and intelligence that he brought to Boston has been credited as the main factor in the historic one-season turnaround from the second-worst franchise (2006-07) to the best team in the NBA this year.
Not only did Garnett revive the Celtics, but he restored faith in what could, at best, be described as a "deflated" fan base. Although many of us have struggled through the years with the Celtics as we watched other Boston teams taste success on multiple occasions, KG brought the Celtics back into the mainstream. The Celtics are no longer just Boston's team; instead, they are the team who make NBA fans of the younger generations. This season, fueled by Garnett's passion and leadership, has made lifelong Celtics fans out of young boys and girls watching their first basketball season. All it took was a similar season (1985-86) to turn this author into a die-hard Celtics fan who has bled green (and bled often through tough times for two decades) most of his life.
Kevin Garnett transformed Boston from a city with a couple winning sports teams, into THE major sport city in America. Sure, it may not last, but for all who have watched, it is something that will never be forgotten.
Garnett has clearly locked up the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2007-08, and has truly been the most "valuable" player to his team in the NBA. Does he deserve the MVP? Definitely. Does he care? No.
Everything about KG and the 2007-2008 Celtics screams "Champions". If you ask them, they "haven't won anything". But if you ask every team in the playoffs who is the last team they'd want to meet up with, the answer would be the same: KG's Celtics.