Kevin Garnett is a Hall of Fame professional basketball player and was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2022. He started his historic career with a splash when he was the first player to be drafted directly out of high school since 1975. Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, Garnett had an era altering impact on the sport.
Garnett led the Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance in 1996-97 season. One of the most consistent players in the league, he led the Timberwolves to eight consecutive playoff appearances, including the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2007-08 season and helped restore the proud tradition of the franchise by leading the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title, Boston's first championship since 1986. During his six seasons in Boston, Garnett played in two NBA Finals and three conference finals. Garnett’s Celtics combined “Celtic Pride” with the Ubuntu philosophy to bring the Celtics back to the forefront of the NBA.
Following the 2012-13 season Garnett was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, where he played until he returned to Minnesota to finish his career. He retired after the 2015-16 season. His 21 seasons in the NBA is tied for second All-Time.
Garnett won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy when was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the NBA following the 2003-04 season. He was selected to nine All-NBA teams and made 15 NBA All-Star appearances. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 All-Star Game. He was one of the best defenders in the history of the NBA, winning the 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected to the second most NBA All-Defensive Teams ever, with 12 selections. Garnett was recognized for his citizenship and community service by the Professional Basketball Writers Association when he was awarded the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2006. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds. Garnett is the Timberwolves all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, assists, steals, games and minutes played. Garnett was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.
Garnett’s post basketball career has included co-founding his production company Content Cartel which has co-produced his documentary “Anything is Possible” on Showtime as well as his Showtime Basketball digital series “KG Certified.” Garnett co-starred with Adam Sandler in the movie “Uncut Gems” and wrote his autobiography, KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between. He also has formed Big Ticket Sports, a sports experiential company which owns and operates Hoop It Up basketball, Kick It soccer and Let It Fly football tours.
Garnett prioritizes his non-profit foundation Anything Is Possible Fund, that focuses on financial literacy, social justice reform, closing the educational tech gap in inner cities, and helping minorities reopen businesses that were affected by the pandemic and social unrest.