Garnett embracing move to BrooklynAddition of veteran power forward makes Nets a title contender
An undisputed future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett is one of most recognizable big men in NBA history. The Big Ticket is a 15 time All Star, was MVP of the league in 2004 with Minnesota, and won an NBA Championship with Boston in 2008. In his career, Garnett has averaged a double-double with 19 points and 10.5 rebounds. He played in Minnesota from 1995 to 2007, and then joined the Celtics from 2007 to last season. This offseason, Garnett was traded to Brooklyn along with teammates Jason Terry and Paul Pierce. At 37 years of age, Garnett hasn't played more than 71 games in the last six seasons but he has still shot over 50% from the floor in six of them. He's transitioned to playing mostly center over the past few seasons with Boston, but can still play power forward as well.
Garnett played in 68 games last season for the Celtics, but was limited to about 29 minutes per game, which was the lowest number since his rookie season. He can still score, and averaged about 15 points per game with eight rebounds. Despite his limitations, he was an All-Star for the fifteenth time in his career. Garnett played mostly center and helped lead the Celtics to a playoff birth. The team was hurt by an injury to starting point guard Rajon Rondo, and was eliminated in the first round by the New York Knicks.
Kevin Garnett once famously declared that "ANYTHING is possible," so it's hard to count out a big year from him. Head coach Jason Kidd may sit KG for back-to-back games, but I find it hard to imagine Kidd keeping Garnett on the bench down the stretch. Although Garnett has played with superstars on the Celtics, this may be the most well rounded starting five he's ever played with. He has shooters to distract defenses, and a great point guard in Deron Williams to dish him the ball down low. When healthy and on the court, I have no doubt that Garnett will be as dominant as ever down low and will surprise defenses as usual with his 16-18 foot jumper. Garnett will also play a little bit at the four and a little bit at the five. Brook Lopez will start at the five, but when he's out we'll probably see KG take his spot…with Blatche, Evans, and Kirilenko spotting him at the four. Garnett is more than just another player, too…he's a mentor. All reports from camp have said that he has taken Brook Lopez under his wing, which can only mean good things for both of them.
I think Garnett will end up playing in about 60 games for Brooklyn this season due to injuries and rest. Averaging about 26 MPG, 13 PPG, and 8 RPG.