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Kevin Garnett
Garnett with the Boston Celtics in January 2008
Personal information
Born May 19, 1976 (1976-05-19) (age 43)
Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality American
High school
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1995–2016
Career history
1995–2007 Minnesota Timberwolves
2007–2013 Boston Celtics
2013–2015 Brooklyn Nets
2015–2016 Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2008)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2003)
  • 4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2002, 2005)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2007)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2006, 2007, 2012)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)
  • 4× NBA rebounding champion (2004–2007)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2006)
  • Mr. Basketball USA (1995)
  • McDonald's All-American Game MVP (1995)
  • Illinois Mr. Basketball (1995)
Career statistics
Points 26,071 (17.8 ppg)
Rebounds 14,662 (10.0 rpg)
Assists 5,445 (3.7 apg)
Stats at NBA.com

Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Known for his intensity, defensive ability, and versatility, Garnett is considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time. He is one of four NBA players to win both the Most Valuable Player and the Defensive Player of the Year awards.

In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonald's All-American at Farragut Career Academy and won a national player of the year award. He entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick 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, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA MVP Award. Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Teams and 12 times for All-Defensive Teams. Garnett also holds several Timberwolves franchise records.

In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade. In his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to the NBA championship, while also finishing in third place for the MVP award. In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce. In 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. He announced his retirement from professional basketball in September 2016.

Early life and career

Kevin Garnett palming the basketball
Kevin Garnett palming the basketball

Garnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to Shirley Garnett. Garnett grew up with his mother and stepfather. He fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized basketball until high school.

In his first three years of high school, Garnett attended Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina and played on the school's basketball team. Garnett decided to leave Mauldin High and transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, 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 also named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois. In four years of high school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points, 1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who also became a professional basketball player.

Kevin Garnett in Green
Kevin Garnett 2008

Garnett was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-American Game and then declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA draft. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonald's All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnett was honored as one of 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans.

Garnett's decision not to play college basketball was influenced in part by his failure to score well enough on the ACT to meet NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility. Garnett told Student Sports Magazine in 1995 that if he had attended college he would have chosen to play college basketball for the University of Maryland.

Garnett was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and became the first player to be drafted directly out of high school since 1975.

In the 2000 Summer Olympics, Garnett won a gold medal as a member of the United States national team.

Post-playing career

Kevin Garnett 2008
Kevin Garnett 2008

In December 2011, Garnett agreed to become a limited shareholder of American-owned Italian Serie A football team A.S. Roma.

In October 2016, Garnett joined the crew on TNT's Inside the NBA. The following month, he became the host of his own segment, Area 21. In January 2017, Garnett joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a consultant. He also consulted with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2016–17 season.

Personal life

Kevin Garnett in AT&T Center
Kevin Garnett preparing to play against the San Antonio Spurs 2011

In July 2004, Garnett married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla during a private ceremony in California. Due to the wedding, Garnett did not take part in the Athens Olympic Games. The couple have two daughters. On July 12, 2018, Garnett's wife filed for divorce.

Garnett is the half-brother of former basketball player Louis McCullough. Another professional basketball player, former Los Angeles Laker Shammond Williams, is his cousin. His nicknames include "The Big Ticket", "KG", "The Kid" and formerly "The Franchise" (after being known as the Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player).

Although Garnett is officially listed as 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) by the NBA, he is widely accepted to be at least 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) tall. During the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Garnett admitted in an interview with Craig Sager to be "6 ft 11 in and some quarters" tall. Measurements from the 1995 NBA draft show the 19-year-old Garnett measured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) tall barefoot. In 1997, Garnett was measured by Minnesota Timberwolves training staff as 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall in his basketball shoes.

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