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