Anything is possible for former Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett, including punching a big ticket into an exclusive club.
According to the Athletic’s Shams Charania, Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class. An official announcement from the NBA is set for Saturday, per Charania.
Garnett is just one of the headliners entering the Hall of Fame as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan will also be inducted.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball @Hoophall Class of 2020, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Formal announcements will be made on Saturday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 3, 2020
Garnett enjoyed a wildly successful 21-year career in the NBA after jumping right to the pros out of Farragut Academy in Chicago. The renowned 6-foot-11 power forward played in 1,462 games over his career and averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
A 15-time All-Star and nine-time All-NBA selection, Garnett won his only MVP award during the 2003-04 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected Garnett with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Garnett came to the Celtics in 2007 in a trade that will go down in Celtics lore. Boston acquired Garnett in exchange for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair and two first-round picks.
Garnett flourished from the start with the Celtics and played a major role in Boston claiming the NBA championship in the 2007-08 season, which was Garnett’s only title as a player. That season, Garnett was named the Defensive Player of the Year and it was the only time he received the honor in his career, despite being named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team 12 times. Over six seasons with the Celtics, Garnett played in two NBA Finals and averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Garnett, along with Paul Pierce, was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in July of 2013 and played three more seasons with the Nets and Timberwolves before retiring in 2016.