First off, it's a big day for the team over at Hardwood Paroxysm and their editor Matt Moore, who do a fantastic job at waxing intelligently about the NBA. And we offer up our congratulations and wish them well in their new endeavor.
Miles Wray has an interesting perspective piece over at Hardwood Paroxysm with an explanation about who Kevin Garnett is and ultimately how his career will end, whether it be this year or next with the Brooklyn Nets.
Garnett, who is in his 19th season in the NBA, his first with the Nets, has had what could be considered -- on paper at least -- his "worst" season as a pro. He's averaging 6.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and 6.7 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. He's missed 27 games this season, including 20 of his team's last 24 games. Garnett is a first ballot Hall of Famer, there is no question about it, but right now he's a rotation player on, possibly, the out year of his career who, actually, is still making quite the impact on a playoff-bound Nets team.
Wray notes that while Garnett is having his worst per-game season, statistically speaking, he is actually providing great value somewhere: off the glass.
This season, Kevin Garnett has grabbed 32.3% of all available defensive rebounds. It’s a rate that, had Garnett played enough minutes to qualify for the rebounding leaderboards, would lead the league, well over DeMarcus Cousins’ rate of 30.4%. Reggie Evans, in his career exclusively devoted to gobbling rebounds, has bettered Garnett’s percentage in only two of his twelve seasons. Dennis Rodman, the greatest rebounder of all time, snatched 29.6% of available defensive rebounds over the course of his career. Garnett has reinvented himself, and as a specialist.
He goes on to say that Garnett is not the game-changer that he once was, and Nets fans know that to be true, but he still provides value, at least somewhere, which makes him a usable piece.
Nets fans also know that his value is in his leadership, which has become more than evident in the development of Mason Plumlee, who has given credit to Garnett for being one of the teachers and motivators that has helped him become one of the top rookies in the NBA, and ultimately the most important rookie in the league heading into the playoffs.
The bottom line is, Garnett is who he is, and who he is is a vocal leader, a prolific rebounder and an anchor on a Nets team that shows up, not necessarily when you call on him, but ultimately...when you need him.
So, according to Kevin Garnett, that would make him...Kevin Jesus? I guess so.
- Reinvent Thyself: Kevin Garnett Posts a Career High - Miles Wray - Hardwood Paroxysm