With the announcement of a trade that would bring Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this past summer came plenty of buzz. But so far, he shown that it was only noise, and that’s a sad fact that needs to change.
The future Hall of Famer has had almost minimal impact with his new team during the early part of the season as he’s averaged a mere 6.5 points per game in 22.5 minutes a night. His only solid contribution has come on the glass, where he’s been good for an average of 7.5 rebounds.
Thankfully, he has other great players around him like Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and also Deron Williams and Paul Pierce once they return to the lineup, but they should not be forced to pick up his slack. That will only fatigue them even further down the line.
It isn’t a matter of demanding 17 or 18 points out of Garnett, especially with the minutes restrictions that coach Jason Kidd has put on him due to his senior citizen status on this team. But one thing is certain: 6.5 points won’t cut it. So what should be a reasonable expectation for Garnett?
Somewhere between 10 and 11 points seems plausible. The minutes don’t even need to increase in order for him to reach that number. The thing that does need to change is his level of aggressiveness. His mark of about eight field goal attempts per game makes sense when only given 22.5 minutes and so many other mouths to feed. What doesn’t make sense is the 0.4 free throw attempts. That has to elevate to about four for Garnett to be a bigger offensive contributor.
For someone who’s built a reputation of being ultra-physical throughout his career, Garnett has been anything but that on the offensive end of the court. Too often, he settles for long jumpers and doesn’t attack the rim with force. Doing that will get him back to being a double-digit scorer, and the Nets could definitely use another one of those right now.