Culture of Hoops

Kevin Garnett: The Prodigal Son Returns

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

In 1995, the Minnesota Timberwolves picked a scrawny 18-year-old kid named Kevin Garnett with the No. 5 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. The high school phenom had a huge upside, but certainly had bust potential like so many other players entering the NBA  at such a young age.

Their gamble payed off. For 12 seasons in Minnesota, Garnett blossomed into one of the premier players in the league. His ability to dominate inside and outside helped redefine the power forward position.

Before being moved to Boston in what was considered then a historic trade, Garnett led the Wolves to their only Western Conference Finals appearance.

News out of Brooklyn is that Kevin Garnett dropped his no-trade clause and will be traded from the Nets back to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young.

The move gives Garnett the chance to play out what might be his 20th and final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him out of Farragut Career Academy  in Chicago back in 1995.

Garnett will get to serve as a mentor for players like Andrew Wiggins and Zachary Lavine.

This season, Kevin has averaged just 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Brooklyn Nets.

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