Retirement Makes Sense For Kevin Garnett After Season

By Mike B. Ruiz
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

Unlike fine wine, Kevin Garnett is not getting better with age.

In fact, the future Hall of Famer has lost so much game that it’s time for him to call it a career and retire after this season.

Numbers never lie, and they don’t even come close to telling as much as an ant-sized fib when it comes to Garnett’s loss of abilities on the basketball court.

Although Garnett has not come relatively close to being a 20+ point scorer every night since the Boston Celtics championship season of 2007-08, the Brooklyn Nets would have been more than happy this year if they received the solid player that averaged 14.8 points per game in 68 games for Boston last season.

Unfortunately for the Nets, they’ve been made to feel as though they were ripped off over the offseason when they acquired Garnett. The seven-foot forward has been good for only 6.7 points a night and 37.2 percent shooting from the field through 25 games, and they’ve only been able to call on him for just under 22 minutes during those contests because of his NBA senior citizen status at age 37.

The rebounding capability is still there as he’s posted an average of 7.1 during his limited playing time. But other than that, he hasn’t been anywhere close to the same imposing threat that he was for so many years, both offensively and defensively.

Garnett strikes fear into no one in the low block these days. His rigorous, physical nature is all but gone.

But the thing that really has me convinced it’s time for Garnett to walk off into the sunset is the inconsistent outside jumpshot. This guy was basically automatic for so long when left open. However, nowadays, you come to terms with him being reduced to someone who seems to miss those looks more times than not.

And it’s at that point where you want him to preserve some dignity and hang up the sneakers before it gets a lot worse.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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