By playing last season, Kevin Garnett tied Robert Parrish and Kevin Willis for the most seasons played in an NBA career, 21. “KG” has announced his retirement and will undoubtedly find a home in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame five years down the road.
Following are 16 stats you may not know about the career of Kevin Garnett.
1. He is one of 21 players who averaged 36 minutes played per game in a season 11 times. Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes and Karl Malone top the list with 14 seasons averaging 36 or more minutes played per game in a season.
2. Garnett is one of 14 players in NBA history to play 3,000 minutes in a season seven times. Wilt tops the list with 13 seasons with 3,000 or more minutes played in a season.
3. Garnett averaged 17.8 pts per game and 10 rebounds per game in his career. He is one of 31 players to end a career with 17 points-10 rebounds per game.
4. KG is one of only three players to have 25,000 career points, 10,000 career rebounds and 5,000 career assists (he had 26,071, 14,662 and 5,445). The other two: Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
5. He is one of only two players to have 1,500 career steals and 1,500 career blocked shots (he had 2,037 blocks and 1,859 steals). The other is Hakeem Olajuwon.
6. Garnett is one of nine players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season at least nine times. Shaquille O’Neal leads this group with 13 such seasons; Jabbar, Chamberlain and Olajuwon had 12; Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Moses Malone and Bob Pettit had 11 seasons; Elvin Hayes and Karl Malone had 10 seasons; Garnett and Patrick Ewing had nine seasons of 20/10.
7. It appears that Garnett was a better scorer as the season wore on. His per-game points each month: October (14.3), November (16.8), December (16.7), January (17.7), February (18.4), March (19.6), April (18.2), May (19.0).
8. KG averaged over 20 points per game in his career against two teams: Boston (20.5) and Dallas (20.1).
9. He wore three different numbers in his career, No. 21 with Minnesota, No. 5 with Boston, and No. 2 with Brooklyn.
10. Garnett was the fifth pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. The players taken ahead of him were Joe Smith, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace. Garnett ends his career with more points, rebounds and assists than the players taken ahead of him in that draft.
11. He is one of 11 teenagers to score 800 or more points in the league. LeBron James leads the way with 2,362, followed by Kobe Bryant (1,959), Carmelo Anthony (1,725), Kevin Durant (1,624), Dwight Howard (1,243), Devin Booker (1,048), Tracy McGrady (909), Josh Smith (851), Garnett (835), Andrew Wiggins (826) and Cliff Robinson (807).
12. Garnett is one of six players to grab 500 or more rebounds in the NBA as a teenager.
13. He led the playoffs three times in most rebounds per game: 2002-18.7; 2004-14.6; and 2013-13.7.
14. He is one of 14 players to accumulate 2,500 points and 1,500 rebounds in his career in the playoffs.
15. Garnett had 37 points in the 2002-03 NA All-Star Game, good enough to tie for eighth place on the list of most points scored in an All-Star Game.
16. Basketball-reference.com notes that Garnett made a cumulative salary of $335,872,398 in his NBA career. If we add his 1,462 regular season games played, the 143 career playoff games and 14 All-Star Games, Garnett averaged $207,456.70 per game in his career… not a bad day’s work!