Kevin Garnett

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  • Birth Name: Kevin Maurice Garnett
  • Birth Place: Mauldin, South Carolina, United States
  • Profession: Pro basketball player
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  • Nicknames include KG, the Big Ticket, the Kid and the Franchise.
  • Left South Carolina's Mauldin High School before his senior year after a fight between white and black students led to his arrest; charges were later dropped.
  • Transferred to Chicago's Farragut Career Academy for his senior year to play for coach William Nelson, whom he had previously met at the Nike All-American camp.
  • Named Mr. Basketball for South Carolina in 1994 and for Illinois in 1995.
  • Named USA Today's 1995 High School Player of the Year.
  • Named to Parade magazine's All-America team.
  • Declared eligibility for the 1995 NBA Draft upon graduation from Farragut Career Academy.
  • Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves at the No. 5 spot behind Maryland's Joe Smith, Alabama's Antonio McDyess, and North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace.
  • Became the first player drafted straight out of high school since Darryl Dawkins (76ers) and Bill Willoughby (Hawks) in 1975.
  • His selection out of high school started a trend: for the next 12 years, at least one high-school player was selected in every draft until the minimum-age requirement was changed in 2006 (U.S. players now have to be at least one year removed from high-school graduation).
  • Starred as Wilt Chamberlain in 1996's Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault.
  • Named No. 79 on Sporting News' 100 Most Influential Athletes list in 1997.
  • Named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
  • Eleven-time All Star.
  • Led the Wolves to their first Western Conference finals and was named the NBA MVP in 2004.
  • Traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in July 2007 for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff, two first-round draft picks and cash in the biggest trade (7-for-1) in NBA history.
  • Named 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Grew up as a Los Angeles Lakers fan---faced them with the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals.
  • During pregame, sits next to two empty seats to honor two teammates who died in car accidents: Eldrick Leamon (from Mauldin in 1994) and Malik Sealy (from the Timberwolves; was killed by a drunk driver in 2000 following Garnett's birthday party).


  • O'Lewis McCollough — Father
  • O'Lewis McCollough Jr. — Half Brother
  • Isaac McCollough — Half Brother
  • Shammond Williams — Cousin
  • Shirley Garnett — Mother
  • Brandi Padilla — Wife
  • Odell McCollough — Grandfather
  • Ashley — Sister
  • Christopher McCollough — Half Brother
  • Sonya — Sister
  • Kenneth McCollough — Half Brother
  • Mary McCollough — Grandmother


  • Birth Name: Kevin Maurice Garnett
  • Birth Place: Mauldin, South Carolina, United States
  • Profession: Pro basketball player