After the 2015-2016 NBA, we have said our goodbyes to Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and now we are adding Kevin Garnett. Garnett announced on his Instagram on September 23 he was retiring from the NBA.
“I’m just thankful. I can’t even put that into words,” Garnett says. “I’m just thankful. I’m just thankful for everybody and the love. I never would have thought that people love me like this. But, for it to be reality is just something else, man. Man.”
The team will waive Garnett, which will let him to collect his entire $8 million salary for the 2016-17 season.
Garnett, a native of Greenville SC, was drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was selected fifth overall in the 1995 draft.
During his career, he lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to eight straight playoff appearances. In 2004, he led them to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Garnett was 15 time All-Star and won the All-Star MVP in 2003 He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Team and 12 times for All-Defensive Team. Garnett also holds the Timberwolves in points, games, assists, blocks, and rebounds. He is also one of five players that have logged 50,000 minutes and the NBA’s all-time rebounds leader.
In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics along side Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. In 2008, they won the NBA Championship making it Garnett’s only one over his 21 season career. Then in 2013, Garnett along with Pierce was sent to the Brooklyn Nets. Garnett finished his career back in Minnesota with the Timberwolves.
Garnett finishes his NBA career as one of three players with 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists.