At 37 years of age with 1,329 regular season NBA games under his belt, Kevin Garnett is just simply old at this point. Not so much in terms of life but rather as it pertains to professional basketball. There is no doubt that the 15-time All-Star is one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a court. However, the question is how much does “KG” have left in the tank.
The Brooklyn Nets made the biggest trade of the offseason when they acquired Garnett along with Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White back on July 12. Here in the early going of the season, the move has yet to have the intended benefit as Garnett appears to be running on fumes.
There was reason for hope that Garnett could continue to defy his age and still be a prime contributor for a championship caliber team. Just last season he averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field for the Boston Celtics. The Nets would more than welcome that level of production. What they are getting from their veteran forward, 6.0 points per game on 32.1 percent shooting, is a major factor in the team’s 2-4 record through the first half-dozen games.
The Nets will be out west to take on the very beatable Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. This is definitely a good opportunity for Garnett and the team to right the ship. The Kings are currently 1-5 and showing little promise outside of enigmatic center DeMarcus Cousins.