Statistically, Kevin Garnett dominates McHale in points, rebounds and assists. McHale edges Garnett in free throw percentage, field-goal percentage, and blocked shots. Kevin Garnett found his offensive stride in 1997 and compiled nearly a decade of 20/10 play. Garnett is a 13 time all-star and led the league in rebounding in 2004 through 2007.
He was league MVP in 2004 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.Garnett received All-NBA honors 9 times and All-Defense Team 10 times. Garnett led his team's in Minnesota and Boston to the playoffs 10 of his 15 year playing career. Despite Garnett's dominating statistics in Minnesota, he failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs in his first seven attempts.
In 2004, after being named league MVP, Garnett finally broke out of his playoff futility by leading his Wolves to the Conference Finals. The team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2. Garnett, struck with a team with diminishing talents, failed to make the playoffs during his next three seasons in Minnesota and ultimately figured into the end of his tenure there.
In 2008, the Boston Celtics acquired Garnett in a trade that ironically involved former teammates and friends, Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale. Garnett, showing his versatility and desire to win a title, re-invented his role on a team now stacked with all-stars.
Along with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, KevinGarnett led his Celtics to the NBA championship in 2008. In defense of his title in 2009, the years of wear and tear on KG's body began to erode his domination of the game but never diminished his character nor impact. Garnett's body broke down midway through the season and he failed to make an appearance during the 2009 playoffs.
The Celtics would bow out in the seventh game of the second round to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic. During Garnett's injury, his teammates called for him to make an appearance on the bench for moral support.
Garnett, reluctant to do so, would watch most games from the locker room but when he did sit court-side, his teammates would rise to the occasion and draw inspiration from Garnett's new role as a spectator. The man's mere presence in the audience inspired his teammates and underscored his intangible leadership qualities.
Kevin McHale played 13 NBA season. though statistically McHale does not notch the same impressive numbers as Garnett, his Celtics did make the playoffs each of his 13 seasons in the league. The Celtics appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals seven times, winning the the Eastern Conference championship five times and the Larry O'Brien trophy three times.
McHale's body of work in the postseason makes up for any lacking he may have on the stats sheet. It's worth noting that from 1984 through 1991, KevinMcHale was virtually unstoppable in the post. McHale re-invented the sixth man position early on in his career and returned to that role as his career winded down in the early '90s.
Kevin was Sixth Man of the Year in 1984 and 1985 and third in line for that honor in 1991. He led the league in field goal percentage in 1987 and 1988 and it needs to be mentioned that these shots were not all layups.
Possessing seven distinctive moves on the block, KevinMcHale is recognized as the best post player ever to play the game.
I would have to say, having watched both players during their careers, that Kevin McHale was a more deadly scorer than Garnett. McHale had six seasons where he scored 20+ points per game, highlighted by the 1987 season where McHale averaged 26.1 points per contest.
During a long stretch in that season, McHale averaged 30.7 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting a staggering 71.7 percent from the floor. McHale's stat sheet is highlighted by being the first player in twenty years to finish in the top 10 in field goal percentage (seventh) and free throw percentage (fifth) in the same season.
McHale was always surrounded by Superstar talent where as Garnett had to put his team in Minnesota on his broad shoulders year after year. With that in mind, I must give the statistical category to Kevin Garnett.
Statistics: Kevin Garnett