Kevin Garnett Set To Earn $343.4 Million In Career, Most In NBA History
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Kevin Garnett just re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two years with a commitment of only having to play one year. Garnett’s contract allows him to move into management in 2016-17 if he decides not to play. If Garnett does decide to play both seasons, he will make $16 million per season.
If Garnett decides to play both seasons, that would bring Garnett’s career earnings over 22 seasons to $343.4 million, the most earned by any player in NBA history. (finance.yahoo.com)
That’s not bad for a player that is turning 40-years-old next season with his most productive days behind him. Garnett, interestingly, has never been considered one of the top five or ten best players of all time. Yet, his contracts have always been one step ahead of the NBA’s efforts to limit spending by owners, netting him more money than ever would have been possible had he entered the league a decade later. The old adage ‘timing is everything’ fits KG’s career better than one of his custom tailored suits.
The 15x NBA All-Star and 2004 NBA MVP became a franchise icon after spending 12 years in Minnesota before moving on to the Boston Celtics, where he won the only NBA title in his career in 2008, and the Brooklyn Nets.
Garnett averaged 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 47 appearances for Brooklyn and Minnesota last season, but his him returning to Minnesota was about more than him being a nightly contributor on the court.
Head coach Flip Saunders reacquired Garnett from the Brooklyn Nets last season in efforts of the veteran’s presence helping as the Timberwolves’ are full-throttle in rebuilding their roster and franchise.
Garnett is entering his 21st season in the NBA, which means that his NBA career started before some NBA players were even born, including the Timberwolves’ 2015 NBA Draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall draft pick. Towns, out of the University of Kentucky, was born 12 days after Garnett made his NBA debut in 1995.
The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kevin Garnett in the 1st round of the 1995 NBA Draft straight out of high school with the 5th overall pick. Garnett’s draft pick made him the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.
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