Kevin Garnett, who played 96 games for the Nets in a season and a half, has officially became the first Brooklyn Net to be chosen for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The announcement came from the Hall in Springfield, Mass...
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. The Road To SPRINGFIELD starts now. #20HoopClass— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) April 4, 2020
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KG joined the Nets as a result of the 2013 trade with the Celtics. He was 37 at the time and on the downside of a career that included great success in Minnesota and a title in Boston.
The Nets officially congratulated Garnett via Twitter...
Congratulations @KevinGarnett5KG on being named to the Basketball Hall of Fame! #20HoopClass pic.twitter.com/5zqUypNTak— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 4, 2020
In his 96 games with the Nets — all starts, Garnett averaged 6.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. The Nets made the playoffs in 2014 and after beating the Raptors in the first round, lost to the Heat in the second. He was traded at the 2015 trade deadline back to the Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young.
On being named, KG said,
“It’s the culmination,” Garnett said on ESPN. “It’s the culmination, man. You put countless hours into this. You dedicate yourself to a craft. You take no days off. You play through injuries. You play through demise. You play through obstacles. You give no excuses for anything. You learn, you build.
“This is the culmination. All those hours … this is what you do it for, right here. For me, to be called a Hall of Famer, is everything.”
Garnett is likely to be one of several members of the Nets 2013-14 team. Paul Pierce is a lock and Joe Johnson is likely if not immediately. Andrei Kirilenko might warrant consideration as well, based not only on his NBA career, but also on his role in Russian basketball.
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