When most think of an MVP, the big names of the league always seem to come to mind. In LA there’s Bryant and in Miami last year’s recipient in LeBron James. Then you have others like Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki, with Nowitzki putting up career-high numbers while leading Dallas to the second best record in the western conference.
One player who seems to be overlooked: Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Winner of the league’s award in the 2003-2004 season with the Timberwolves, Garnett has been a leader vocally and with his play for the Celtics this season, keeping them atop the east and anchoring the league's top ranked defense.
Columnist for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, Bill Simmons, has Garnett as number two behind Dirk Nowitzki, a ranking that most may find hard to believe. Kevin Garnett has been all the Celtics have needed and more this season for these three reasons.