A career has gone full circle. Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995 straight out of High School. Garnett played 12 season with the Timberwolves, earning 10 All-Star nods.
Garnett’s best season came in 2003-04 where he averaged 24.2 points per game, 13.9 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game, 2.2 blocks per game and 1.5 steals per game.
The Timberwolves do not need Garnett, but the deal is a nice gesture for Garnett who is one of the most loyal players in the NBA. Garnett did have a no-trade clause in his contract, but did decide to waive it to make a return to Minnesota.
In this deal the Nets receive combo-forward Thaddeus Young who has not found his rhythm with the Wolves. On the season Young is averaging 14.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. Young is shooting 45 percent from the field and 29 percent from behind the arc.
Young is best suited for power forward, but can step out to the perimeter if needed. At 6’8 he is one of the quickest big men in the game, but does tend to hoist up too many mid-range jumpers.
Last season with the Philadelphia 76ers Young averaged 17.9 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game showing how good he can be in an expanded role.
I along with fellow Nets fans would like to thank Kevin Garnett for all he has brought to Brooklyn. From mentoring Plumlee to being an intense leader Garnett always gave it his all and that was invaluable to the franchise.
As for Young, it is exciting that the Nets are getting younger, and the uber athletic frontcourt of Young and Plumlee will be exciting to watch.