No. 29 Kevin Garnett

Kevin GarnettAt the All-Star Game last season, some journalists joked that Garnett would be lucky to dunk a ball anymore. You have to wonder if they ever experienced the pain of rehabilitation after knee surgery. Garnett made them eat their words, averaging fifteen points and seven rebounds in the playoffs. He still is the unquestioned heart of the Boston Celtics. Anyone who doubts that should go back two years and see how Boston handled his absence in the 2009 playoffs.

Kevin Garnett enters his sixteenth season this year. Think about that for a second. He has played at an All-Star level longer than Justin Bieber has been alive. Knowing KG, he will stay in the game for as long as he can stand. He was a winner long before he got his ring in Beantown. When he leaves the game there will be a void that is indescribable. That’s because we will have to come up with a new word to describe the passion, effort and drive Garnett brought to the NBA. The word champion will have to do for now. And if you think the idea of KG having his own word is ridiculous, you’re wrong. We’ll quote the man himself. “Anything is possible.”

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