Kevin McHale vs. Kevin Garnett: The Tale of the Tape

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Kevin McHale vs. Kevin Garnett: The Tale of the Tape

Two men that will forever be linked, and with Garnett's acquisition by Boston in 2007, they are now fair to compare as two of the greatest power forwards to ever play basketball in Boston.

One has three title rings and always played supporting act to another legendary front court player. The other has one title and is the spiritual leader of the current roster.Garnett has a 20/10.9 average while McHale has a career average of 17.9/7.3.

Both can be considered defensive stalwarts with injuries decimating their athletic talents but never defeating their spirit nor impact on their teammates.

It is virtually impossible to give an absolute determination on who is the better power forward, teammate, leader or overall player. They both possess too many intangibles to translate to print.

In factoring who would be on the Celtics all-time team at the power forward position, a few factors need to considered. I will look at winning ways, statistics, defense and clutch play in determining which player will have the most indelible legacy in Celtics history.

The key factor in this assessment of legacy is the player's impact as a member of the Boston Celtics. Though these two basketball icons will forever be linked because of their associations in Minnesota, a player's lasting legacy comes from the team's he/she won championships with.

McHale spent his entire playing career (13 seasons) in Boston while Garnett didn't get to Bean-town until his 12th season.

Though Garnett played majority of his career as a Timber wolf, it is fair to say that he will best be remembered as a player who learned how to cope with a decade of losing with only a glimmer of greatness in 2004 and, at the twilight of his career, changed his role and mentality to cultivate a championship culture in Boston.

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