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Kevin Garnett was born May 19, 1976, in Mauldin, South Carolina. He played three years of high school basketball at Mauldin High School before moving onto Farragut Academy in Chicago his senior year. 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’s high school basketball totals included 2,533 points, 1,807 rebounds and 739 blocked shots. After graduating from Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995, the first NBA player drafted out of high school in 20 years.
Kevin Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup in the middle of the season and led the Minnesota Timberwolves in blocks. Due to his great athleticism, quickness, shooting range, and height, Kevin Garnett quickly became regarded as one of the most versatile players on the court. Garnett is capable of playing all five positions on the floor, though he has made his mark playing the power forward position.
Garnett is a top rebounder for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has led the league in rebounds in the last three seasons and was in the top 3 for the last five seasons. He has consistently been amongst the top assists leaders at the forward position, and led the Minnesota Timberwolves in that category for several years. Garnett has been selected to play in every All-Star Game since his second season, winning the All-Star MVP in 2003.
Kevin Garnett holds the record for the most consecutive seasons of averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, formerly held by Larry Bird. In addition to his offensive prowess, Garnett is an excellent defender, having been elected to the NBA's All-Defense first team from 2000 to 2005 and making the second team in 2006.
Despite his numerous individual accomplishments, Garnett's teams have struggled in the playoffs, unable to advance past the first round for seven consecutive years. The streak ended in 2004, as the Timberwolves, with the best record in the Western Conference defeated the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings. However they fell short of the NBA Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
Despite his frustration at not winning a championship, Garnett has great loyalty to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He leads all active NBA players for the distinction of having played his entire career for only one team. In second place is Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Garnett is also a model of consistency; as of February 3rd, 2007, he has scored at least 10 points in 368 straight games, and started 331 straight games. He is lovingly referred to by the nicknames "KG", "The Big Ticket", and "The Kid".
Kevin Garnett has always been a media favorite. He has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated two times, was featured in Newsweek as one of the 100 most influential people for the next decade and was ranked 55th in the Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 power rankings in 2000 and 2001. He had a short acting stint when he portrayed Wilt Chamberlain in the movie "Rebound." In addition, Garnett was featured on Oprah when he donated over a million dollars to Oprah’s Angel Network for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. KG is definitely a NBA superstar and the Timberwolves are thankful to have him.
Garnett has a distinctive tattoo of his initials, "KG," and another of an arm holding a basketball with the words "Blood, Sweat and Tears." The Timberwolves fans all know that KG is the team’s superstar. Let’s hope this dedicated basketball player can lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a big NBA title! Go “KG”! Go Wolves!
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