Kevin Maurice Garnett was born on May 19, 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina. He is an American former professional basketball player who played the power forward and center positions for 21 seasons in the NBA.
He entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.
Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He also was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Teams and 12 times for All-Defensive Teams. This athelete also holds several Timberwolves franchise records.
In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, the Big Ticket joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade. In his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to their first NBA championship since 1986, while also finishing third for the MVP award.
In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce.
In 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota, where it all began. After one and a half seasons with the Timberwolves, he announced his retirement from basketball in September 2016.
In his post-playing career, on October 27, 2016, Kevin Garnett joined the crew on TNT’s Inside the NBA. The following month, he became the host of his own segment, Area 21.
In January 2017, joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a consultant.