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Kevin Garnett

Date of birth : 1976-05-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-17


Kevin Garnett 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, 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.

Career history:

1995–2007 Minnesota Timberwolves
2007–present Boston Celtics

CAREER:
2009-10:
Averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.99 steals and 0.83 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game…Hit game-winning shot as time expired in OT against New York (11/22)…Made his regular season return against Cleveland (10/27) and recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, his first double-double since 2/11/09 against New Orleans (14 pts, 10 rebs)…Became youngest player in NBA history to reach 40,000 career minutes when he played against Orlando (11/20)…Garnett reached the milestone at the age of 33 years and 185 days beating previous mark set by Oscar Robertson (34 years, 39 days)…Shot 11-for-12 against Miami (11/29) matching highest single-game field goal percentage mark by a Celtic in the previous 15 years (min. 10 FGA’s)…Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending 12/6 when he averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, his 19th time winning the honor…Passed Hal Greer for 25th all-time in scoring against Milwaukee (12/8)…Passed Dennis Rodman for 20th all-time in rebounds against Orlando (2/7)…Passed Larry Bird for 24th all-time in scoring when he netted 19 points at Washington (2/1)…Grabbed his 12,000th career rebound against New York (2/23)…Played his 1,100th career game against Cleveland (2/25)…Named a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas…PLAYOFFS: Averaged 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.13 steals and 0.87 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game…Sat out Game 2 of the First Round against Miami due to an NBA imposed suspension…Recorded double-figures in points in 21 games including two games of 20-or-more points…Also recorded seven double-doubles…Netted a postseason high of 25 points during Game 3 of the NBA Finals…Recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds in the deciding Game 6 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

2008-09:
Averaged 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.11 steals and 1.19 blocks in 31.1 minutes per game…Missed a total of 24 games due to injuries (two due to flu-like symptoms (2/1-2/3/09) and 22 due to a right knee strain (2/22-3/18/09; 3/27-4/15/09)…Scored in double-figures in 52 games and netted 20 or more points 10 times…Led the C’s in scoring in 11 games, rebounds in 27 games, steals in 12 games and in blocks in 26 games…Posted a season high 26 points twice (vs. San Antonio (2/8) and vs. Indiana (12/3))…Moved to 26th in NBA history in points, 22nd all-time in rebounds, 22nd in blocks and 36th in steals…Became the youngest player in NBA history to play in 1,000 career games on 10/31 vs. Chicago at 32 years and 165 days…Posted 22 double-doubles on the season…Pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds at Indiana (12/7)

HIGH SCHOOL:
Garnett declared himself a candidate for the 1995 NBA Draft after graduating from high school at Farragut Academy in Chicago. He had spent his first three years at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. As a senior, Garnett was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today and was selected to the Parade magazine All-America First Team after leading Farragut to a 28-2 mark and the Class AA state quarterfinals. 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 .666 from the field. He previously had been named Mr. Basketball for the State of South Carolina as a junior in 1994. Garnett, whose four-year high school basketball totals included 2,533 points, 1,807 rebounds and 739 blocked shots, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-America Game after registering 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.

Career highlights and awards:

NBA Champion (2008)
NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
14× NBA All-Star (1997–1998, 2000–2011)
4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2008)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2001–2002, 2005)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2007)
8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008–2009)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2006–2007)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)
4× NBA rebounding champion (2004–2007)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (2003)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2006)

PERSONAL:

Graced the cover of Sports Illustrated (June 26, 1995) under the title of "Ready or Not..." and again with the L.A. Clippers' Darius Miles in the magazine's NBA preview issue (Oct. 30, 2000)
Listed in the April 21, 1997 edition of Newsweek as one of the 100 most influential people for the next decade
Ranked 55th in the Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 power rankings in 2000 and 2001
Unveiled 4XL (For Excellence & Leadership Foundation) during 2002 All-Star weekend
Spent the summer of 2001 touring England, Italy and Spain, promoting basketball and his business interests
Has an older sister, Sonya, and a younger sister, Ashley
Growing up in South Carolina, he was a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers
Portrayed Wilt Chamberlain in the movie "Rebound"
Has a tattoo of his initials, "KG," and another of an arm holding a basketball with the words "Blood, Sweat and Tears"
Featured in the American Dairy Association's "got milk?" campaign
His favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries and pizza
Names Tony Dorsett and Magic Johnson as his sports heroes


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