After struggling through knee problems for the better part of two years, KG finally looks healthy and has been stellar for the Boston Celtics. KG was unable to throw down routine alley oops last season, but seems to have his athleticism back, and now he dunks with ease.
He’s been improved on the defensive end as well, with significant improvements in both rebounds (7.7 in 2009, 10.0 this season) and steals (1.0 in ‘09, 1.7 this season). He’s the most intense player in the league and empties his tank every single night.
Defensively, he’s still one of the best around, and his perimeter jumper continues to improve. If there was one knock I had on KG, it’s that he never plays with his back to the basket.
Garnett’s long arms make him nearly unblockable, and he had great footwork plus a pretty hook shot. The Big Ticket could still take over games, but he seems content waiting until the playoffs to unleash hell.
First Trimester Grade: A-