Kevin Garnett announced his retirement Friday after 21 years playing professional basketball. In honor of his legendary career, here are the seven things we'll most remember about Kevin's time in the NBA.
7. Draft Day
What better moment to start at than Draft Day in 1995? Garnett was drafted fifth overall and was the first player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. Kudos to the Timberwolves for taking a legitimate chance.
6. Garnett's Rivalry With Tim Duncan
Garnett and another future Hall of Famer, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, had an on-court rivalry unlike any other, featuring completely opposite personalities. Nike found a cool way to showcase this rivalry with this commercial. Duncan has also, of course, announced his retirement this offseason.
5. 33-Point Game Against Boston Celtics
Garnett looked like he was a promising athlete right from the jump, and the Timberwolves became sure of it after he posted 33 points against the Boston Celtics. Garnett would go and spend some years in Boston before his career was over, of course.
4. Career-High 47 Points Against Phoenix Suns
Garnett put up incredible stats throughout his career, but in 2005, he posted a 47-point performance against the Phoenix Suns, which was his career high. He went onto have some incredible games in his career, but none as incredible as this.
3. Garnett's 2003-04 MVP Season
There aren't many people who can actually say that they won the MVP Award in the NBA, especially in recent years, with the award only wavering between a couple of players. But Garnett is one of the lucky few. KG added himself to the star-studded list of MVP Award winners during his utterly dominant '03-'04 campaign.
2. Garnett's 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year Season
The 2007-08 marked the start of Garnett's decline in terms of his offensive production, but he continued to dominate on the defensive side of the ball. This season marked him moving East and winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the Boston Celtics. This was the dominant Celtics team that featured Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Paul Pierce, so Garnett did not need to produce so much offensively to find success...and a ring.
1. "Anything Is Possible!"
This is something that everybody probably remembers Garnett for. In a postgame interview immediately after the Celtics won the NBA Finals (with no time to breathe), Garnett coined his famous quote, "Anything is possible!" The Celtics won the Finals in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Oft-doubted high school draftee to an NBA champion. That qualifies as "anything" for sure.