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Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett 2008-01-13.jpg
Boston Celtics  – No. 5
Power forward/Center
Born May 19, 1976 (1976-05-19) (age 33)
Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
League NBA
Salary $16,417,044[1]
High school Mauldin HS
(Mauldin, South Carolina),
Farragut Academy HS
(Chicago, Illinois)
Draft 5th overall, 1995
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1995present
Former teams Minnesota Timberwolves (1995–2007)
Awards NBA Champion
(2008)
NBA Most Valuable Player
(2004)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
(2008)
13× NBA All-Star
(1997-1998, 20002010)
All-NBA First Team
(2000, 20032004, 2008)
All-NBA Second Team
(20012002, 2005)
All-NBA Third Team
(1999, 2007)
All-Defensive First Team
(20002005, 20082009)
All-Defensive Second Team
(20062007)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
(1996)
NBA All-Star Game MVP
(2003)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
(2006)
Profile Info Page
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney United States

Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays at the power forward for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After having a successful high school basketball career at Farragut Career Academy, he decided to forgo college and entered NBA Draft. He was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.

Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves leading them to eight-consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, Garnett led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2003-04 season. In the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a Gold medal as a member of the USA men's national basketball team. Since his second season in the league, Garnett has been named to every All-Star Game, which includes winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003. He was awarded the regular season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the 2007-08 season and has been a nine-time member of the All-NBA Teams selection and a ten-time member of the All-Defensive Teams selection.[2]

After spending twelve seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he won his first NBA championship and helped them win their seventeenth title. Garnett currently holds several all-time Timberwolves franchise records.

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Early life

Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina to Shirley Garnett and O'Lewis McCullough, and was the second of his mother's three children.[3] After divorcing McCullough, Shirley Garnett raised Kevin and his two siblings. She then re-married and moved the family to Mauldin, South Carolina when Kevin Garnett was twelve.[3]

Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized ball until high school. In his first three high school years, Garnett played for Mauldin High School. However, during the summer prior to his senior year of high school, Kevin was in the general vicinity of a fight between black and white students. Although not directly involved, Garnett was arrested. Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin.[4] He transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois for his senior year of high school. He led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points, 17.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66.8% from the field. In four years of high school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points, 1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-American Game after registering 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots, and then declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA Draft.[5] Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields in high school, who also followed a professional career. Garnett also excelled in soccer during his high school days.

NBA career

Early years

Garnett was drafted with the fifth pick of the 1995 NBA Draft by the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves, and became the first player to be drafted directly out of high school since 1975.[6] After joining the NBA for the 1989-90 season, the Timberwolves had not won more than 29 games in any season.[7] In Garnett's rookie season, the Timberwolves were in the midst of a transition phase; they replaced Bill Blair with Flip Saunders as head coach early in the season and made several trades. Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup soon after Saunders became head coach. In his rookie year, Garnett and fellow newcomer Tom Gugliotta carried the scoring load. Garnett did not immediately leap to stardom as later prep-to-pro prospects such as Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Dwight Howard would, but he did have a very respectable rookie year. He averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and was voted into the All-Rookie Second Team.[2] Despite having some promising players, the Timberwolves suffered through their seventh consecutive sub-30 win season and failed to make the playoffs. At the time Garnett was the youngest NBA player in history at 19 years and 11 months of age.[5]

Prior to the 1996-97 season, the Timberwolves made a draft-day trade for point guard Stephon Marbury of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. During the season Garnett posted improving averages of 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals.[2] He also had two games where he registered eight blocks.[5] With a 40–42 record, the Timberwolves made their first playoff appearance in franchise history, Garnett and Gugliotta made their first All-Star appearances, and Marbury established himself as a valuable young lead guard. However, the Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Charles Barkley proved to be too much as the Timberwolves were swept 3–0 in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs.

Franchise player

During the 1997-98 NBA season, the Timberwolves and Garnett agreed on a six-year contract extension that was worth an unparalleled $126 million.[5] This was met with shock around the NBA, and the Timberwolves were used as scapegoats for the lockout that occurred the next season.[citation needed] The contract was a risky move and many pundits speculated that the deal would make it impossible for the Wolves to sign new players or even keep their own. Despite the furor over his new contract, Garnett continued to improve, averaging 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game. Again, he was an All-Star, and the Timberwolves finished with their first winning record in franchise history (45–37 for the season). For the second consecutive year the young Timberwolves bowed out of the playoffs in the first round, this time losing 2–3 against the Seattle SuperSonics and superstar point guard Gary Payton. The two wins against the Sonics marked the Wolves' first-ever playoff game wins. The off-season started poorly for the Timberwolves though as 20-point per game scorer Tom Gugliotta left for the Phoenix Suns.

Garnett as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In the lockout-shortened season that followed, Garnett broke through as a superstar. Putting up stats of 20.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game,[2] he was named to the All-NBA Third Team. However, midway through the season Stephon Marbury was traded to the New Jersey Nets after a dispute over his possible contract extension.[citation needed] Although the Wolves received two-time All-Star Terrell Brandon in return, they were not able to overcome the discord and limped into the playoffs as the 8th seed with a 25–25 record. The Wolves were defeated in the first round again, this time losing 1–3 to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs who were led by young superstar and eventual NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan. In the next season, Garnett continued his notable play, averaging 22.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game and made the first of his four All-NBA First Team appearances.[2] Assisted by sharpshooting rookie forward Wally Szczerbiak and steady veteran Brandon, the Wolves posted a franchise-best 50-32 record, but succumbed in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers 3–1.

In the 1999-00 NBA season, Timberwolves' guard Malik Sealy was killed by a drunk driver and the NBA ruled that the free agent signing of Joe Smith was illegal. The NBA punished the team for the illegal signing by stripping the team of three first-round draft picks, fining Glen Taylor (the owner of the team) $3.5 million, and banning general manager Kevin McHale for one year. Garnett led the Wolves to a 47–35 record and made the All-NBA Second Team, but again, the Wolves did not survive the first round of the playoffs, losing to the Spurs 3–1.

MVP and division champions

In the 2001-02 NBA season, Garnett posted another notable season, his averages of 21.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game enough for another All-NBA Second Team nomination. However, the Timberwolves bowed out in the first round for the sixth consecutive time, this time getting swept 3–0 by the Dallas Mavericks led by Michael Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. Garnett's next season was one of the best of his career, his 23.0 ppg / 13.0 rpg / 6.0 apg / 1.6 bpg / 1.4 spg season earning him his second All-NBA First Team nomination and second place in the MVP voting.[5] The Timberwolves posted a good 51–31 record, but for the seventh consecutive time, they did not make it out of the first round, this time losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.

In the 2003-04 NBA season, things finally seemed to come together for Garnett. In past years, the Wolves had practically been a one-man show, but now, the Timberwolves had made two valuable acquisitions: highly talented but volatile swingman Latrell Sprewell and the seasoned two-time NBA champion Sam Cassell, who supplanted Troy Hudson at point guard. In addition, defensive center Ervin Johnson complemented the inconsistent Michael Olowokandi. Powered by the best supporting cast in his career, Garnett averaged 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game for the season. Having recorded career highs in points, rebounds, blocks and leading the league rebounds, Garnett was named the league Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.[2] With a franchise-record 58 wins, the Wolves stormed into the playoffs, and finally vanquished their playoff bane by defeating the Denver Nuggets 4–1 in the first round. After disposing of the strong Sacramento Kings 4–3 in the Western Conference Semifinals, Garnett and the Timberwolves met the Lakers. Against the Lakers, playmaker Cassell went down with a back injury. With reserve point guard Hudson also injured, the Timberwolves alternated between third playmaker Darrick Martin and shooting guard Fred Hoiberg at the "one", or even running Garnett himself as point forward or a real point guard. The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a 4–2 series win.

Frustration

In the 2004–05 season, Garnett was named to the All-NBA Second Team,[2] but with a mediocre 44–38 record, the Timberwolves failed to make the playoffs after eight consecutive years. The 2005–06 season brought more frustration for Garnett. With Sprewell and Cassell refusing to stay and stuck with a mediocre squad, the Timberwolves skidded to a 33–49 record. Despite Garnett's play, the team logged the second worst record since Garnett joined the franchise. On 10 May 2007 Garnett was named to the All-NBA Third Team.

During the 2007 off-season, Taylor admitted that although he had planned on retaining Garnett, he would finally listen to trade offers.[8] Garnett's name was mentioned in various trade rumors involving the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks.[9][10][11][12][13]

Success in Boston

Garnett in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.

On July 31, 2007, Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations, Boston's 2009 first-round draft pick (top 3 protected) and the 2009 first-round pick Minnesota had traded to Boston in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade of 2006.[14] The 7-for-1 deal constitutes the largest number of players traded for a single player in league history.[15] At the time of the trade, Garnett had the longest current tenure of any player in the NBA with one team, having played for the Timberwolves for his first 12 seasons (a total of 927 games). Garnett said that he was proud to be a part of the Celtics, and hoped to continue its proud tradition and basketball success.[16][17][18] On the day the trade was announced, Garnett signed a three-year $60 million contract extension that will start after his current deal runs out in 2009. On August 1, 2007 the day after signing his Celtics contract, Garnett threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to a Red Sox-Orioles game. Garnett has claimed to be a long-time Red Sox fan.[19]

Garnett dunking a ball in a game against the Washington Wizards

Garnett wore jersey number 5 for the Celtics since his number with the Timberwolves, number 21, was retired by the Celtics, previously worn by Bill Sharman. He made his Boston debut with a strong performance against the Washington Wizards, with 22 points and 20 rebounds.[20] He also led all players in voting for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Garnett received 2,399,148 votes, the sixth highest total in NBA All-Star balloting history. Among active players, Garnett's 11 All-Star selections rank second to Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal, who has appeared 14 times in the All-Star Game.[21] However, Garnett was unable to play due to an abdominal strain, and Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace him.[22][23] East All-Star head coach Doc Rivers replaced Garnett with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh in the starting lineup.[24] Garnett passed 20,000 points for his career, becoming the 32nd player in NBA history to reach the mark,[25] with a layup in the 2nd quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 8, 2008.[26] The only other active players who have passed that mark are Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant.[27] On April 22, 2008, Garnett was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season.[28][29] It was the only major award a Celtic player had not claimed since the franchise's foundation in 1946.[30] However, Garnett claimed it was a team effort which helped him win the award.[31] Garnett helped the Celtics to their 17th NBA Championship, with 26 points and 14 rebounds in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

In the 2008–09 season, Garnett started all of the 57 games he was able to suit up for. He averaged 15.8 points 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. On October 31, 2008, Garnett became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career games, at 32 years and 165 days.[32][33] Garnett earned his twelveth consecutive All-Star Game start on February 15, 2009. Following the All-Star Game, during a game against the Utah Jazz, Garnett strained his right knee late in the second quarter. The injury occurred on February 19, 2009, while attempting to go up for an alley-oop.[34] He was forced to miss the next 14 games. Upon his return from the injury, he averaged 9 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games before being shut down for the season permanently, missing the final 25 games of the regular season including the 2009 NBA playoffs due to a right knee sprain.[35] The Celtics would advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals that year, only to be eliminated by the Orlando Magic.[36]

Personal life

Garnett married long time girlfriend Brandi Padilla during a private ceremony in California. The wedding was the reason he did not take part in the Athens 2004 Olympic games. Garnett is a cousin to former Los Angeles Lakers player Shammond Williams,[37] and is the half brother of Louis McCullough, who played for the ABA's Syracuse Raging Bullz.

In the New England area, Garnett is a resident of Concord, Massachusetts, owning a home worth roughly $4.6 million.[38]

Although Garnett is officially listed as 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) by the NBA, many, including the Celtics organization, believe he is over seven feet tall.[39][40] During the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Garnett admitted in an interview with Craig Sager to be 6 ft 11.75 in (2.13 m) tall.[41]

His nicknames include "The Big Ticket", "KG", "Da Kid", and formerly "The Franchise" (after being known as the Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player).[5]

Garnett is also a supporter of Chelsea F.C., an English Premier League football club. Garnett has been seen in attendance at the Los Angeles Galaxy v Chelsea match at the Home Depot Center on July 22, 2007. He also received a Chelsea shirt from the club with his name and number on the back in 2008.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Minnesota 80 43 28.7 .491 .286 .705 6.3 1.8 1.1 1.6 10.4
1996–97 Minnesota 77 77 38.9 .499 .286 .754 8.0 3.1 1.4 2.1 17.0
1997–98 Minnesota 82 82 39.3 .491 .188 .738 9.6 4.2 1.7 1.8 18.5
1998–99 Minnesota 47 47 37.9 .460 .286 .704 10.4 4.3 1.7 1.8 20.8
1999–00 Minnesota 81 81 40.0 .497 .370 .765 11.8 5.0 1.5 1.6 22.9
2000–01 Minnesota 81 81 39.5 .477 .288 .764 11.4 5.0 1.4 1.8 22.0
2001–02 Minnesota 81 81 39.2 .470 .319 .801 12.1 5.2 1.2 1.6 21.2
2002–03 Minnesota 82 82 40.5 .502 .282 .751 13.4 6.0 1.4 1.6 23.0
2003–04 Minnesota 82 82 39.4 .499 .256 .791 13.9 5.0 1.5 2.2 24.2
2004–05 Minnesota 82 82 38.1 .502 .240 .811 13.5 5.7 1.5 1.4 22.2
2005–06 Minnesota 76 76 38.9 .526 .267 .810 12.7 4.1 1.4 1.4 21.8
2006–07 Minnesota 76 76 39.4 .476 .214 .835 12.8 4.1 1.2 1.7 22.4
2007–08 Boston 71 71 32.8 .539 .000 .801 9.2 3.4 1.4 1.2 18.8
2008–09 Boston 57 57 31.1 .531 .250 .841 8.5 2.5 1.1 1.2 15.8
Career 1055 1018 37.6 .496 .283 .782 11.1 4.3 1.4 1.6 20.2
All-Star 12 10 21.4 .515 .000 .875 6.7 3.1 1.3 .8 12.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Minnesota 3 3 41.7 .471 1.000 1.000 9.3 3.7 1.3 1.0 17.3
1997–98 Minnesota 5 5 38.8 .480 .000 .778 9.6 4.0 .8 2.4 15.8
1998–99 Minnesota 4 4 42.5 .443 .000 .739 12.0 3.8 1.8 2.0 21.8
1999–00 Minnesota 4 4 42.8 .385 .667 .813 10.8 8.8 1.2 .8 18.8
2000–01 Minnesota 4 4 41.3 .466 .000 .833 12.0 4.3 1.0 1.5 21.0
2001–02 Minnesota 3 3 43.3 .429 .500 .719 18.7 5.0 1.7 1.7 24.0
2002–03 Minnesota 6 6 44.2 .514 .333 .607 15.7 5.2 1.7 1.7 27.0
2003–04 Minnesota 18 18 43.5 .452 .313 .776 14.6 5.1 1.3 2.3 24.3
2007–08 Boston 26 26 38.0 .495 .250 .810 10.5 3.3 1.4 1.1 20.4
2008–09 Boston 0 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career 73 73 41.0 .470 .318 .776 12.4 4.4 1.3 1.6 21.6

Achievements

Garnett holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.

During his time in the league Garnett has established a long list of achievements, including:[2]

  • First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
  • Second Team: 2001, 2002, 2005
  • Third Team: 1999, 2007
  • 10-time All-Defensive:
  • First Team: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
  • Second Team: 2006, 2007
  • Second team: 1996
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2006
  • 4-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds per game: 2004 (13.9), 2005 (13.5), 2006 (12.7), 2007 (12.8)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds: 2004 (1,139), 2005 (1,108)
  • 5-time NBA regular-season leader, defensive rebounds: 2003 (858), 2004 (894), 2005 (861), 2006 (752), 2007 (792)
  • NBA regular-season leader, points: 2004 (1,987)
  • NBA regular-season leader, field goals made: 2004 (804)
  • Career triple-doubles (regular season): 17 (as of March 4, 2007)[42]
  • Career triple-doubles (post-season): 3 (as of 2006)
  • Only player in NBA history to:
  • average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per game for 6 consecutive seasons. (1999–2005)
  • average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists per game for 9 consecutive seasons. (1998–2007)
  • reach at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists, 1,200 steals, and 1,500 blocks in his playing career.
  • One of four players in NBA history to leads their team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals) in a season (2002-03).
  • Holds Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record for most points in one game with 47 vs. the Phoenix Suns on January 4, 2005.
  • Holds Minnesota Timberwolves franchise career records for points, 19,041; rebounds, 10,542; assists, 4,146; blocked shots, 1,576; steals, 1,282; and games played, 927.
  • Ranked #30 in SLAM Magazine's 2009 revision of the top 50 greatest players of all time (published in the August 2009 issue)[43]
  • Achieved 10,000 total rebounds in his career on January 13, 2007.
  • Career stats (regular season): 998 games, 20.4 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.4 spg, .494 FG%, .284 3P%, .781 FT%
  • Career stats (post-season): 73 games, 21.6 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.3 spg, .470 FG%, .318 3P%, .776 FT%

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Duncan
NBA Most Valuable Player
2004
Succeeded by
Steve Nash
Preceded by
Kobe Bryant
NBA All-Star Game
Most Valuable Player

2003
Succeeded by
Shaquille O'Neal
Preceded by
Marcus Camby
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Dwight Howard

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Garnett with the Celtics on January 13, 2008
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Power forward
Personal information
Date of birth May 19, 1976 (1976-05-19) (age 34)
Place of birth Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality American
High school Mauldin High School
Farragut Career Academy
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1995–present
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a high school basketball career at Farragut Career Academy which included winning a national player of the year award,[1] he skipped college and entered the NBA Draft. He was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.

Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves leading them to eight-consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, Garnett led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2003–04 season. In the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal as a member of the USA men's national basketball team. Since his second season in the league, Garnett has been named to every All-Star Game, which includes winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003. He was awarded the regular season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the 2007–08 season and has been a nine-time member of the All-NBA Teams selection and a ten-time member of the All-Defensive Teams selection.[2] Garnett currently holds several all-time Timberwolves franchise records.

After spending 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Garnett went to the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade. In his first year with the Celtics, he helped them win their first NBA championship since 1986 and the Celtics' seventeenth title.

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Early life

Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina to Shirley Garnett and O'Lewis McCullough, and was the second of his mother's three children.[3] After divorcing McCullough, Shirley Garnett raised Kevin and his two siblings. She then re-married and moved the family to Mauldin, South Carolina when Kevin Garnett was twelve.[3]

Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized ball until high school. In his first three high school years, Garnett played for Mauldin High School. However, during the summer prior to his senior year of high school, Kevin was in the general vicinity of a fight between black and white students. Although not directly involved, Garnett was arrested. Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin.[4] He transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois for his senior year of high school. He led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points, 17.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66.8% from the field. In four years of high school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points, 1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-American Game after registering 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots, and then declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA Draft.[5] Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields in high school, who also followed a professional career. Garnett also excelled in soccer during his high school days.

NBA career

Early years (1995–1997)

Garnett was drafted with the fifth pick of the 1995 NBA Draft by the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves, and became the first player to be drafted directly out of high school since 1975.[6] After joining the NBA for the 1989–90 season, the Timberwolves had not won more than 29 games in any season.[7] In Garnett's rookie season, the Timberwolves were in the midst of a transition phase; they replaced Bill Blair with Flip Saunders as head coach early in the season and made several trades. Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup soon after Saunders became head coach. In his rookie year, Garnett and fellow newcomer Tom Gugliotta carried the scoring load. Garnett did not immediately leap to stardom as later prep-to-pro prospects such as Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Dwight Howard would, but he did have a very respectable rookie year. He averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and was voted into the All-Rookie Second Team.[2] Despite having some promising players, the Timberwolves suffered through their seventh consecutive sub-30 win season and failed to make the playoffs. At the time Garnett was the youngest NBA player in history at 19 years and 11 months of age.[5]

Prior to the 1996–97 season, the Timberwolves made a draft-day trade for point guard Stephon Marbury of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. During the season Garnett posted improving averages of 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals.[2] He also had two games where he registered eight blocks.[5] With a 40–42 record, the Timberwolves made their first playoff appearance in franchise history, Garnett and Gugliotta made their first All-Star appearances, and Marbury established himself as a valuable young lead guard. However, the Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Charles Barkley proved to be too much as the Timberwolves were swept 3–0 in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs.

Franchise player (1997–2001)

During the 1997–98 NBA season, the Timberwolves and Garnett agreed on a six-year contract extension that was worth an unparalleled $126 million.[5] The contract was a risky move and many pundits[who?] speculated that the deal would make it impossible for the Wolves to sign new players or even keep their own. The enormous size of Garnett's contract was considered, by numerous sports writers, a major cause of labor tensions between players and owners that lead to a lockout which shortened the 1998–99 NBA season. Despite the furor over his new contract, Garnett continued to improve, averaging 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game. Again, he was an All-Star, and the Timberwolves finished with their first winning record in franchise history (45–37 for the season). For the second consecutive year the young Timberwolves bowed out of the playoffs in the first round, this time losing 2–3 against the Seattle SuperSonics and superstar point guard Gary Payton. The two wins against the Sonics marked the Wolves' first-ever playoff game wins. The off-season started poorly for the Timberwolves though as 20-point per game scorer Tom Gugliotta left for the Phoenix Suns.

[[File:|thumb|upright|right|Garnett as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.]] In the lockout-shortened season that followed, Garnett broke through as a superstar. Putting up stats of 20.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game,[2] he was named to the All-NBA Third Team. However, midway through the season Stephon Marbury was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Although the Wolves received two-time All-Star Terrell Brandon in return, they were not able to overcome the discord and limped into the playoffs as the 8th seed with a 25–25 record. The Wolves were defeated in the first round again, this time losing 1–3 to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs who were led by young superstar and eventual NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan. In the next season, Garnett continued his notable play, averaging 22.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game and made the first of his four All-NBA First Team appearances.[2] Assisted by sharpshooting rookie forward Wally Szczerbiak and steady veteran Brandon, the Wolves posted a franchise-best 50–32 record, but succumbed in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers 3–1.

In the 1999–2000 NBA season, Timberwolves' guard Malik Sealy was killed by a drunk driver and the NBA ruled that the free agent signing of Joe Smith was illegal. The NBA punished the team for the illegal signing by stripping the team of three first-round draft picks, fining Glen Taylor (the owner of the team) $3.5 million, and banning general manager Kevin McHale for one year. Garnett led the Wolves to a 47–35 record and made the All-NBA Second Team, but again, the Wolves did not survive the first round of the playoffs, losing to the Spurs 3–1.

MVP and division champions (2001–2004)

In the 2001–02 season, Garnett posted another notable season, his averages of 21.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game enough for another All-NBA Second Team nomination. However, the Timberwolves bowed out in the first round for the sixth consecutive time, this time getting swept 3–0 by the Dallas Mavericks led by Michael Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki. Garnett's next season was one of the best of his career, his 23.0 ppg / 13.0 rpg / 6.0 apg / 1.6 bpg / 1.4 spg season earning him his second All-NBA First Team nomination and second place in the MVP voting.[5] The Timberwolves posted a good 51–31 record, but for the seventh consecutive time, they did not make it out of the first round, this time losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.

In the 2003–04 season, things finally seemed to come together for Garnett. In past years, the Wolves had practically been a one-man show, but now, the Timberwolves had made two valuable acquisitions: highly talented but volatile swingman Latrell Sprewell and the seasoned two-time NBA champion Sam Cassell, who supplanted Troy Hudson at point guard. In addition, defensive center Ervin Johnson complemented the inconsistent Michael Olowokandi. Powered by the best supporting cast in his career, Garnett averaged 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game for the season. Having recorded career highs in points, rebounds, blocks and leading the league rebounds, Garnett was named the league Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.[2] With a franchise-record 58 wins, the Wolves stormed into the playoffs, and finally vanquished their playoff bane by defeating the Denver Nuggets 4–1 in the first round. After disposing of the strong Sacramento Kings 4–3 in the Western Conference Semifinals, Garnett and the Timberwolves met the Lakers. Against the Lakers, playmaker Cassell went down with a back injury. With reserve point guard Hudson also injured, the Timberwolves alternated between third playmaker Darrick Martin and shooting guard Fred Hoiberg at the "one", or even running Garnett himself as point forward or a real point guard. The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a 4–2 series win.

Frustration (2004–2007)

In the 2004–05 season, Garnett was named to the All-NBA Second Team,[2] but the Timberwolves failed to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years with a record of 44–38. The 2005–06 season brought more frustration for Garnett. Sprewell turned down a 3-year $21 million dollar extension, and the Wolves wary of his injuries and age, traded Cassell for the much less effective Marko Jaric, and the team record for '05–'06 fell to 33–49. Despite Garnett's play, the team logged the second worst record since Garnett joined the franchise. On 10 May 2007 Garnett was named to the All-NBA Third Team.

During the 2007 off-season, Taylor admitted that although he had planned on retaining Garnett, he would finally listen to trade offers.[8] Garnett's name was mentioned in various trade rumors involving the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks.[9][10][11][12][13]

Success in Boston (2007–present)

against the Atlanta Hawks.]]

On July 31, 2007, Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations, Boston's 2009 first-round draft pick (top 3 protected) and the 2009 first-round pick Minnesota had traded to Boston in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak trade of 2006.[14] The 7-for-1 deal constitutes the largest number of players traded for a single player in league history.[15] At the time of the trade, Garnett had the longest current tenure of any player in the NBA with one team, having played for the Timberwolves for his first 12 seasons (a total of 927 games). Garnett said that he was proud to be a part of the Celtics, and hoped to continue its proud tradition and basketball success.[16][17][18] On the day the trade was announced, Garnett signed a three-year $60 million contract extension that would start after his prior deal ran out in 2009. On August 1, 2007 the day after signing his Celtics contract, Garnett threw the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to a Red Sox-Orioles game. Garnett has claimed to be a long-time Red Sox fan.[19]

]] The trade for Garnett had many experts speculating that the Celtics would have a resurgence during the 2007–08 season.[20] The combination of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Garnett were almost automatically nicknamed "The Big Three" by the media, after the Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish trio.[21] Garnett wore jersey number 5 for the Celtics since his number with the Timberwolves, number 21, was retired by the Celtics, previously worn by Bill Sharman. He made his Boston debut with a strong performance against the Washington Wizards, with 22 points and 20 rebounds.[22] He also led all players in voting for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Garnett received 2,399,148 votes, the sixth highest total in NBA All-Star balloting history. Among active players, Garnett's 11 All-Star selections rank second to Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has appeared 14 times in the All-Star Game.[23] However, Garnett was unable to play due to an abdominal strain, and Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace him.[24][25] East All-Star head coach Doc Rivers replaced Garnett with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh in the starting lineup.[26] Garnett passed 20,000 points for his career, becoming the 32nd player in NBA history to reach the mark,[27] with a layup in the 2nd quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 8, 2008.[28] On April 22, 2008, Garnett was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season.[29][30] It was the only major award a Celtic player had not claimed since the franchise's foundation in 1946.[31] However, Garnett claimed it was a team effort which helped him win the award.[32] Garnett helped the Celtics to their 17th NBA Championship, with 26 points and 14 rebounds in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. During that championship season, Garnett and Celtics legend Bill Russell had heart to heart conversations together which were captured on television.[33] On June 18, 2008, Garnett and Ray Allen appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, soon after winning the championship.[34]

In the 2008–09 season, Garnett started all of the 57 games he was able to suit up for. He averaged 15.8 points 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. On October 31, 2008, Garnett became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career games, at 32 years and 165 days.[35][36] Garnett earned his twelfth consecutive All-Star Game start on February 15, 2009. Following the All-Star Game, during a game against the Utah Jazz, Garnett strained his right knee late in the second quarter. The injury occurred on February 19, 2009, while attempting to go up for an alley-oop.[37] He was forced to miss the next 14 games. Upon his return from the injury, he averaged 9 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games before being shut down for the season permanently, missing the final 25 games of the regular season including the 2009 NBA playoffs due to a right knee sprain.[38] The Celtics would advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals that year, only to be eliminated by the Orlando Magic.

In the 2009–2010 season, Garnett and the Celtics, joined by newly signed free agent Rasheed Wallace, struggled with injuries and inconsistency throughout much of the regular season and earned the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Garnett was selected to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which was his 13th All-Star Game selection, tying him for 3rd all-time in NBA history (others with 13: Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, and Michael Jordan), and trailing only Shaquille O'Neal (15) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (18). Despite being written off by nearly every major sports analyst, the Celtics elevated their play and consistently dominated opponents much as they did during their 2008 Championship run. They eliminated the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers (Garnett easily outplayed Antawn Jamison throughout the series), and Orlando Magic to advance to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals. The 2010 Finals went to a decisive seventh game in Los Angeles, where the Celtics led well into the third quarter before the Lakers mounted a comeback and held on for the victory.[39]

Underestimated height

Although Garnett is officially listed as 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) by the NBA, he is widely accepted as at least seven feet tall.[40][41] During the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Garnett admitted in an interview with Craig Sager to be "6 ft 11 in and some quarters" (2.12 m) tall.[42] Measurements from the 1995 NBA Draft show the 19 year-old Garnett measured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) tall barefoot;[43] any growth since then would make him at least 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m).

Personal life

Garnett married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla during a private ceremony in California. The wedding was the reason he did not take part in the Athens 2004 Olympic games. Garnett is a cousin to former Los Angeles Lakers player Shammond Williams,[44] and is the half brother of Louis McCullough, who played for the ABA's Syracuse Raging Bullz.

In the New England area, Garnett is a resident of Concord, Massachusetts, owning a home worth roughly $4.6 million.[45]

His nicknames include "The Big Ticket", "KG", "Da Kid", and formerly "The Franchise" (after being known as the Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player).[5]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Minnesota 80 43 28.7 .491 .286 .705 6.3 1.8 1.1 1.6 10.4
1996–97 Minnesota 77 77 38.9 .499 .286 .754 8.0 3.1 1.4 2.1 17.0
1997–98 Minnesota 82 82 39.3 .491 .188 .738 9.6 4.2 1.7 1.8 18.5
1998–99 Minnesota 47 47 37.9 .460 .286 .704 10.4 4.3 1.7 1.8 20.8
1999–00 Minnesota 81 81 40.0 .497 .370 .765 11.8 5.0 1.5 1.6 22.9
2000–01 Minnesota 81 81 39.5 .477 .288 .764 11.4 5.0 1.4 1.8 22.0
2001–02 Minnesota 81 81 39.2 .470 .319 .801 12.1 5.2 1.2 1.6 21.2
2002–03 Minnesota 82 82 40.5 .502 .282 .751 13.4 6.0 1.4 1.6 23.0
2003–04 Minnesota 82 82 39.4 .499 .256 .791 13.9 5.0 1.5 2.2 24.2
2004–05 Minnesota 82 82 38.1 .502 .240 .811 13.5 5.7 1.5 1.4 22.2
2005–06 Minnesota 76 76 38.9 .526 .267 .810 12.7 4.1 1.4 1.4 21.8
2006–07 Minnesota 76 76 39.4 .476 .214 .835 12.8 4.1 1.2 1.7 22.4
2007–08 Boston 71 71 32.8 .539 .000 .801 9.2 3.4 1.4 1.2 18.8
2008–09 Boston 57 57 31.1 .531 .250 .841 8.5 2.5 1.1 1.2 15.8
2009–10 Boston 69 69 29.9 .521 .200 .837 7.3 2.7 1.0 .8 14.3
Career 1124 1087 37.1 .497 .283 .785 10.8 4.2 1.4 1.6 19.8
All-Star 12 10 21.4 .515 .000 .875 6.7 3.1 1.3 .8 12.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Minnesota 3 3 41.7 .471 1.000 1.000 9.3 3.7 1.3 1.0 17.3
1997–98 Minnesota 5 5 38.8 .480 .000 .778 9.6 4.0 .8 2.4 15.8
1998–99 Minnesota 4 4 42.5 .443 .000 .739 12.0 3.8 1.8 2.0 21.8
1999–00 Minnesota 4 4 42.8 .385 .667 .813 10.8 8.8 1.2 .8 18.8
2000–01 Minnesota 4 4 41.3 .466 .000 .833 12.0 4.3 1.0 1.5 21.0
2001–02 Minnesota 3 3 43.3 .429 .500 .719 18.7 5.0 1.7 1.7 24.0
2002–03 Minnesota 6 6 44.2 .514 .333 .607 15.7 5.2 1.7 1.7 27.0
2003–04 Minnesota 18 18 43.5 .452 .313 .776 14.6 5.1 1.3 2.3 24.3
2007–08 Boston 26 26 38.0 .495 .250 .810 10.5 3.3 1.4 1.1 20.4
2009–10 Boston 23 23 33.3 .495 .000 .839 7.4 2.5 1.1 .9 15.0
Career 96 96 39.1 .474 .304 .784 11.2 4.0 1.3 1.4 20.0

Achievements

at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.]]

During his time in the league Garnett has established a long list of achievements, including:[2]

  • First Team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
  • Second Team: 2001, 2002, 2005
  • Third Team: 1999, 2007
  • 10-time All-Defensive:
  • First Team: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
  • Second Team: 2006, 2007
  • Second team: 1996
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2006
  • 4-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds per game: 2004 (13.9), 2005 (13.5), 2006 (12.7), 2007 (12.8)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounds: 2004 (1,139), 2005 (1,108)
  • 5-time NBA regular-season leader, defensive rebounds: 2003 (858), 2004 (894), 2005 (861), 2006 (752), 2007 (792)
  • NBA regular-season leader, points: 2004 (1,987)
  • NBA regular-season leader, field goals made: 2004 (804)
  • Career triple-doubles (regular season): 17 (as of March 4, 2007)[46]
  • Career triple-doubles (post-season): 3 (as of 2006)
  • Ranked #30 in SLAM Magazine's 2009 revision of the top 50 greatest players of all time (published in the August 2009 issue)[47]

NBA records

Regular season

Seasons leading the league in defensive rebounds: 5 (2002–03—2006–07)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in defensive rebounds: 5 (2002–03—2006–07)

Third player in NBA history to lead his team in all five major statistics (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) in the same season: Minnesota Timberwolves, 2002–03

Only player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game for 6 consecutive seasons (1999–2000—2004–05)

Only player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game for 9 consecutive seasons (1998–99—2007–08)

Only 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 career

Playoffs

Defensive rebounds, 5-game series: 66, for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets (2004)

Defensive rebounds, game: 20, twice
20, for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets, 02004-04-21 April 21, 2004
20, for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings, 02004-05-19 May 19, 2004

All-Star

Points, overtime: 9, second overtime (2003)

Field goals made, game: 17 (2003) (2 OT)

Ranks 2nd in NBA history

Playoffs

Defensive rebounds, 6-game series: 83, for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2003)

Defensive rebounds, game: 19, for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 02003-04-22 April 22, 2003

Turnovers, game: 10, for Minnesota Timberwolves at Seattle SuperSonics, 01998-05-02 May 2, 1998

All-Star

Minutes played: 41 (2003) (2 OT)

Ranks 3rd in NBA history

Regular season

Consecutive seasons leading the league in rebounding: 4 (2003–04—2006–07)

All-Star

Games played: 12 (19972007, 20092010)

  • 13 selections (he was also selected in 2008, but did not play due to injury)

Minnesota Timberwolves franchise records

Regular season

Service

Games played, career: 927

Games played, season: 82, four times (1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05)

Consecutive games played: 351, 02002-02-21 February 21, 2002 to 02006-04-07 April 7, 2006

Games started, career: 890

Games started, season: 82, four times (1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05)

Consecutive games started: 351, 02002-02-21 February 21, 2002 to 02006-04-07 April 7, 2006

Minutes played, career: 35,535

Minutes played, season: 3,321 (2002–03)

Scoring

Points, career: 19,041

Points, season: 1,987 (2003–04)

Highest scoring average, points per game, season: 24.2 (1,987/82) (2003–04)

Points, game: 47, vs. Phoenix Suns, 02005-01-04 January 4, 2005

Games scoring 20 or more points, season: 67 (2003–04)

Games scoring 10 or more points, season: 82, four times (1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05)

Games with a double-double, season: 71 (2003–04)

Consecutive games scoring 30 or more points: 4, 02000-03-22 March 22, 2000 to 02000-03-28 March 28, 2000

Consecutive games scoring 20 or more points: 16, twice
16, 02000-11-29 November 29, 2000 to 02000-12-28 December 28, 2000
16, 02003-02-02 February 2, 2003 to 02003-03-05 March 5, 2003

Consecutive games scoring 10 or more points: 398, 02002-10-30 October 30, 2002 to 02007-04-09 April 9, 2007

Consecutive games with a double-double: 37, 02006-02-01 February 1, 2006 to 02006-11-06 November 6, 2006

Most games led or shared team's scoring lead: 60 (2002–03)

Field goals

Highest field goal percentage, season: .526 (626—1,191) (2005–06)

Highest field goal percentage, game: .923 (12—13), at Portland Trail Blazers, 02006-02-03 February 3, 2006

Highest field goal percentage, half: 1.000 (9—9), first half, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02001-03-21 March 21, 2001

Consecutive field goals made: 13, twice
13, 01997-12-03 December 3, 1997 to 01997-12-05 December 5, 1997
13, 02006-02-03 February 3, 2006 to 02006-02-04 February 4, 2006

Field goals made, career: 7,575

Field goals made, season: 804 (2003–04)

Field goals made, game: 19, vs. Phoenix Suns, 02005-01-04 January 4, 2005

Field goals made, half: 13, first half, vs. Sacramento Kings, 02001-02-07 February 7, 2001

Field goal attempts, career: 15,414

Field goal attempts, season: 1,611 (2003–04)

Field goal attempts, game: 33, vs. New Jersey Nets, 02000-02-20 February 20, 2000

Field goal attempts, half: 20, second half, vs. New Jersey Nets, 02000-02-20 February 20, 2000

Free throws

Free throw made, career: 3,727

Free throw attempts, career: 4,781

Rebounding

Rebounds, career: 10,542

Highest average, rebounds per game, career: 11.4 (10,542/927)

Rebounds, season: 1,139 (2003–04)

Highest average, rebounds per game, season: 13.9 (1,139/82) (2003–04)

Rebounds, game: 25, twice
25, at Sacramento Kings, 02003-12-05 December 5, 2003 (OT)
25, vs. Orlando Magic, 02005-01-12 January 12, 2005

Rebounds, half: 19, first half, at Orlando Magic, 01999-12-27 December 27, 1999

Rebounds, quarter: 12

Offensive rebounds, career: 2,571

Defensive rebounds, career: 7,971

Defensive rebounds, season: 894 (2003–04)

Defensive rebounds, game: 23, twice
23, at Sacramento Kings, 02003-12-05 December 5, 2003 (OT)
23, vs. Orlando Magic, 02005-01-12 January 12, 2005

Assists

Assists, career: 4,146

Assists, overtime: 4, vs. Atlanta Hawks, 02000-04-04 April 4, 2000

Blocked shots

Blocked shots, career: 1,576

Blocked shots, season: 178 (2003–04)

Blocked shots, overtime: 3, at New Jersey Nets, 02000-03-24 March 24, 2000

Steals

Steals, career: 1,282

Other

Personal fouls, career: 2,355

Turnovers, career: 2,387

Triple-doubles, career: 19 (16 regular season, 3 playoffs)

Triple-doubles, season: 6 (2002–03)

Rookie

Blocked shots, season: 131 (1995–96)

Blocked shots, game: 7, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 01996-02-05 February 5, 1996

See also

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Duncan
NBA Most Valuable Player
2004
Succeeded by
Steve Nash
Preceded by
Kobe Bryant
NBA All-Star Game
Most Valuable Player

2003
Succeeded by
Shaquille O'Neal
Preceded by
Marcus Camby
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Dwight Howard


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