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Feb 18, 2020

Introduction

On Friday, February 14, 2020 Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett have been named as finalists for the superstar loaded 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since it is Valentine’s Day it is very appropriate to truly understand how much these three players loved the great game of basketball, and they all played that way their entire lives.

It is extremely rare to have three ballers of this incredibly high caliber all most likely be enshrined in the same Hall of Fame class. It is tremendously interesting that Kobe Bryant as well as Kevin Garnett both went straight from high school in to the National Basketball Association. That just doesn’t happen anymore due to the new rules that have been implemented.

Other finalists that were named for the 2020 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame include Tamika Catchings who played for the Indiana Fever and was a 10 time all star in the WNBA. The 3 time women’s NCAA national champion, Kim Mulkey, who coached the University of Baylor Bears. Bentley University’s Barbara Stevens who was named the Division II coach of the year 5 times, and Eddie Sutton who was named the men’s NCAA coach of year 4 times. Finally, the former head coach of the Houston Rockets, Rudy Tomjanovich, who just happened to win 2 NBA championship titles.

The 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be enshrined on August 29th, 2020 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The players that will be inducted will be announced at the Final Four in Atlanta Georgia on April 4th, 2020. “The Hall's Honors Committee -- made up of Hall of Famers, basketball executives, media members and others -- will vote on the finalists, who must receive 18 of 24 votes to be enshrined.”

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers had the undivided privilege of retaining Kobe Bryant for his entire NBA career which spanned for 20 seasons (1996 – 2016) over two decades. Bryant is a 5 time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), and he was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010). Amazingly Kobe was selected to the NBA’s All Star Game 18 times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and he was the MVP of the All Star Game 4 times (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011).

Bryant was on the All NBA First Team 11 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), the All NBA Second Team 2 times (2000, 2001), and the All NBA Third Team 2 times (1999, 2005) as well. The NBA All Defensive First Team was graced by Bryant 9 times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and the NBA All Defensive Second Team on three occasions (2001, 2002, 2012). He was the NBA’s scoring champion for two seasons (2006, 2007). Kobe won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997. In 1997 he was selected to the NBA All Rookie Second Team too.

The Lakers retired both of the numbers (8 & 24) that Kobe Bryant played with throughout the duration of his illustrious 20 year career. In 1996 he was honored as the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and First Team Parade All American. He is commonly recognized as one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Unfortunately, just last month Kobe Bryant was tragically killed in a helicopter crash, and he is sorely missed by many of his peers and his admirers all over the world.

Bryant's NBA Career Regular Season Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97 18 LAL NBA SG 71 6 1103 176 422 0.417 51 136 0.375 125 286 0.437 0.477 136 166 0.819 47 85 132 91 49 23 112 102 539
1997-98 19 LAL NBA SG 79 1 2056 391 913 0.428 75 220 0.341 316 693 0.456 0.469 363 457 0.794 79 163 242 199 74 40 157 180 1220
1998-99 20 LAL NBA SG 50 50 1896 362 779 0.465 27 101 0.267 335 678 0.494 0.482 245 292 0.839 53 211 264 190 72 50 157 153 996
1999-00 21 LAL NBA SG 66 62 2524 554 1183 0.468 46 144 0.319 508 1039 0.489 0.488 331 403 0.821 108 308 416 323 106 62 182 220 1485
2000-01 22 LAL NBA SG 68 68 2783 701 1510 0.464 61 200 0.305 640 1310 0.489 0.484 475 557 0.853 104 295 399 338 114 43 220 222 1938
2001-02 23 LAL NBA SG 80 80 3063 749 1597 0.469 33 132 0.25 716 1465 0.489 0.479 488 589 0.829 112 329 441 438 118 35 223 228 2019
2002-03 24 LAL NBA SG 82 82 3401 868 1924 0.451 124 324 0.383 744 1600 0.465 0.483 601 713 0.843 106 458 564 481 181 67 288 218 2461
2003-04 25 LAL NBA SG 65 64 2447 516 1178 0.438 71 217 0.327 445 961 0.463 0.468 454 533 0.852 103 256 359 330 112 28 171 176 1557
2004-05 26 LAL NBA SG 66 66 2689 573 1324 0.433 131 387 0.339 442 937 0.472 0.482 542 664 0.816 95 297 392 398 86 53 270 174 1819
2005-06 27 LAL NBA SG 80 80 3277 978 2173 0.45 180 518 0.347 798 1655 0.482 0.491 696 819 0.85 71 354 425 360 147 30 250 233 2832
2006-07 28 LAL NBA SG 77 77 3140 813 1757 0.463 137 398 0.344 676 1359 0.497 0.502 667 768 0.868 75 364 439 413 111 36 255 205 2430
2007-08 29 LAL NBA SG 82 82 3192 775 1690 0.459 150 415 0.361 625 1275 0.49 0.503 623 742 0.84 94 423 517 441 151 40 257 227 2323
2008-09 30 LAL NBA SG 82 82 2960 800 1712 0.467 118 336 0.351 682 1376 0.496 0.502 483 564 0.856 90 339 429 399 120 37 210 189 2201
2009-10 31 LAL NBA SG 73 73 2835 716 1569 0.456 99 301 0.329 617 1268 0.487 0.488 439 541 0.811 78 313 391 365 113 20 233 187 1970
2010-11 32 LAL NBA SG 82 82 2779 740 1639 0.451 115 356 0.323 625 1283 0.487 0.487 483 583 0.828 83 336 419 388 99 12 243 172 2078
2011-12 33 LAL NBA SG 58 58 2232 574 1336 0.43 87 287 0.303 487 1049 0.464 0.462 381 451 0.845 66 247 313 264 69 18 204 105 1616
2012-13 34 LAL NBA SG 78 78 3013 738 1595 0.463 132 407 0.324 606 1188 0.51 0.504 525 626 0.839 66 367 433 469 106 25 287 173 2133
2013-14 35 LAL NBA SG 6 6 177 31 73 0.425 3 16 0.188 28 57 0.491 0.445 18 21 0.857 2 24 26 38 7 1 34 9 83
2014-15 36 LAL NBA SG 35 35 1207 266 713 0.373 54 184 0.293 212 529 0.401 0.411 196 241 0.813 26 173 199 197 47 7 128 65 782
2015-16 37 LAL NBA SF 66 66 1863 398 1113 0.358 133 467 0.285 265 646 0.41 0.417 232 281 0.826 41 206 247 184 62 13 129 115 1161
Career     NBA   1346 1198 48637 11719 26200 0.447 1827 5546 0.329 9892 20654 0.479 0.482 8378 10011 0.837 1499 5548 7047 6306 1944 640 4010 3353 33643

Kobe Bryant's NBA Career Playoff Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97 18 LAL NBA SG 9 0 133 21 55 0.382 6 23 0.261 15 32 0.469 0.436 26 30 0.867 1 10 11 11 3 2 14 23 74
1997-98 19 LAL NBA SG 11 0 220 31 76 0.408 3 14 0.214 28 62 0.452 0.428 31 45 0.689 7 14 21 16 3 8 11 28 96
1998-99 20 LAL NBA SG 8 8 315 61 142 0.43 8 23 0.348 53 119 0.445 0.458 28 35 0.8 13 42 55 37 15 10 31 24 158
1999-00 21 LAL NBA SG 22 22 857 174 394 0.442 22 64 0.344 152 330 0.461 0.47 95 126 0.754 26 72 98 97 32 32 55 89 465
2000-01 22 LAL NBA SG 16 16 694 168 358 0.469 11 34 0.324 157 324 0.485 0.485 124 151 0.821 29 87 116 97 25 12 51 53 471
2001-02 23 LAL NBA SG 19 19 833 187 431 0.434 22 58 0.379 165 373 0.442 0.459 110 145 0.759 28 83 111 87 27 17 54 65 506
2002-03 24 LAL NBA SG 12 12 531 137 317 0.432 25 62 0.403 112 255 0.439 0.472 86 104 0.827 16 45 61 62 14 1 42 35 385
2003-04 25 LAL NBA SG 22 22 973 190 460 0.413 24 97 0.247 166 363 0.457 0.439 135 166 0.813 18 86 104 121 42 7 61 59 539
2005-06 27 LAL NBA SG 7 7 314 72 145 0.497 14 35 0.4 58 110 0.527 0.545 37 48 0.771 4 40 44 36 8 3 33 25 195
2006-07 28 LAL NBA SG 5 5 215 60 130 0.462 10 28 0.357 50 102 0.49 0.5 34 37 0.919 1 25 26 22 5 2 22 10 164
2007-08 29 LAL NBA SG 21 21 863 222 463 0.479 32 106 0.302 190 357 0.532 0.514 157 194 0.809 18 101 119 117 35 8 70 59 633
2008-09 30 LAL NBA SG 23 23 940 242 530 0.457 37 106 0.349 205 424 0.483 0.492 174 197 0.883 19 104 123 126 38 21 59 59 695
2009-10 31 LAL NBA SG 23 23 923 234 511 0.458 49 131 0.374 185 380 0.487 0.506 154 183 0.842 26 112 138 126 31 16 79 75 671
2010-11 32 LAL NBA SG 10 10 354 83 186 0.446 12 41 0.293 71 145 0.49 0.478 50 61 0.82 8 26 34 33 16 3 31 23 228
2011-12 33 LAL NBA SG 12 12 476 132 301 0.439 17 60 0.283 115 241 0.477 0.467 79 95 0.832 16 42 58 52 16 2 34 33 360
Career     NBA   220 200 8641 2014 4499 0.448 292 882 0.331 1722 3617 0.476 0.48 1320 1617 0.816 230 889 1119 1040 310 144 647 660 5640

Tim Duncan

This player out of Wake Forest University was the first overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan played his entire fabulous 19 year NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs as well. He is a five time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) that was named the NBA Finals MVP three of those years (1999, 2003, 2005). Duncan was the MVP of the NBA twice (2002, 2003). This big man made the NBA All Star Team 15 times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015). In 2000 he was the MVP of the All Star Game.

Duncan was named to the All NBA First Team 10 times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013), the All NBA Second Team 3 times (2006, 2008, 2009), and the All NBA Third Team 2 times (2010, 2015). He found himself on the NBA All Defensive First Team 8 times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008) as well as the NBA All Defensive Second Team 7 times (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015). This only goes to show you how well rounded of a player Duncan was as he was outstanding on the offensive and defensive side of the court.

This power forward/center won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1998 as he was obviously on the NBA All Rookie First Team after the 1997 – 1998 season. In 2015 he was named the NBA Teammate of the Year. In 2003, Duncan won both the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Award as well as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

He was honored by the San Antonio Spurs when they retired his number 21 jersey which the Wake Forest Demon Deacons also did in his honor. Duncan was known for being extremely fundamentally sound more than an electric or fun to watch superstar, but his consistency and pursuit of greatness made him one of the best players the NBA https://wizardofvegas.com/articles/adam-silver-and-the-nba-react/ has ever seen.

Duncan's NBA Career Regular Season Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1997-98 21 SAS NBA PF 82 82 3204 706 1287 0.549 0 10 0 706 1277 0.553 0.549 319 482 0.662 274 703 977 224 55 206 279 254 1731
1998-99 22 SAS NBA PF 50 50 1963 418 845 0.495 1 7 0.143 417 838 0.498 0.495 247 358 0.69 159 412 571 121 45 126 146 147 1084
1999-00 23 SAS NBA PF 74 74 2875 628 1281 0.49 1 11 0.091 627 1270 0.494 0.491 459 603 0.761 262 656 918 234 66 165 242 210 1716
2000-01 24 SAS NBA PF 82 82 3174 702 1406 0.499 7 27 0.259 695 1379 0.504 0.502 409 662 0.618 259 738 997 245 70 192 242 247 1820
2001-02 25 SAS NBA PF 82 82 3329 764 1504 0.508 1 10 0.1 763 1494 0.511 0.508 560 701 0.799 268 774 1042 307 61 203 263 217 2089
2002-03 26 SAS NBA PF 81 81 3181 714 1392 0.513 6 22 0.273 708 1370 0.517 0.515 450 634 0.71 259 784 1043 316 55 237 248 231 1884
2003-04 27 SAS NBA PF 69 68 2527 592 1181 0.501 2 12 0.167 590 1169 0.505 0.502 352 588 0.599 227 632 859 213 62 185 183 164 1538
2004-05 28 SAS NBA PF 66 66 2203 517 1042 0.496 3 9 0.333 514 1033 0.498 0.498 305 455 0.67 202 530 732 179 45 174 127 144 1342
2005-06 29 SAS NBA PF 80 80 2784 574 1185 0.484 2 5 0.4 572 1180 0.485 0.485 335 533 0.629 231 650 881 253 70 162 198 219 1485
2006-07 30 SAS NBA C 80 80 2726 618 1131 0.546 1 9 0.111 617 1122 0.55 0.547 362 568 0.637 213 633 846 273 66 190 224 203 1599
2007-08 31 SAS NBA C 78 78 2651 585 1178 0.497 0 4 0 585 1174 0.498 0.497 338 463 0.73 237 644 881 218 56 152 178 185 1508
2008-09 32 SAS NBA C 75 75 2524 558 1107 0.504 0 2 0 558 1105 0.505 0.504 334 483 0.692 201 599 800 264 38 126 165 173 1450
2009-10 33 SAS NBA C 78 77 2438 561 1082 0.518 2 11 0.182 559 1071 0.522 0.519 271 374 0.725 221 567 788 246 45 117 140 152 1395
2010-11 34 SAS NBA C 76 76 2156 419 838 0.5 0 4 0 419 834 0.502 0.5 184 257 0.716 169 509 678 203 50 146 122 119 1022
2011-12 35 SAS NBA C 58 58 1634 361 733 0.492 0 4 0 361 729 0.495 0.492 173 249 0.695 110 410 520 132 38 88 97 98 895
2012-13 36 SAS NBA C 69 69 2078 490 976 0.502 2 7 0.286 488 969 0.504 0.503 245 300 0.817 124 562 686 184 50 183 147 117 1227
2013-14 37 SAS NBA C 74 74 2158 444 906 0.49 0 5 0 444 901 0.493 0.49 231 316 0.731 158 563 721 220 43 139 159 134 1119
2014-15 38 SAS NBA C 77 77 2227 419 819 0.512 2 7 0.286 417 812 0.514 0.513 230 311 0.74 170 534 704 230 63 151 131 165 1070
2015-16 39 SAS NBA C 61 60 1536 215 441 0.488 0 2 0 215 439 0.49 0.488 92 131 0.702 115 332 447 163 47 78 90 125 522
Career     NBA   1392 1389 47368 10285 20334 0.506 30 168 0.179 10255 20166 0.509 0.507 5896 8468 0.696 3859 11232 15091 4225 1025 3020 3381 3304 26496

Duncan's NBA Career Playoff Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1997-98 21 SAS NBA PF 9 9 374 73 140 0.521 0 1 0 73 139 0.525 0.521 40 60 0.667 20 61 81 17 5 23 25 24 186
1998-99 22 SAS NBA PF 17 17 733 144 282 0.511 0 3 0 144 279 0.516 0.511 107 143 0.748 55 140 195 48 13 45 52 50 395
2000-01 24 SAS NBA PF 13 13 526 120 246 0.488 1 1 1 119 245 0.486 0.49 76 119 0.639 54 134 188 49 14 35 50 43 317
2001-02 25 SAS NBA PF 9 9 380 82 181 0.453 1 3 0.333 81 178 0.455 0.456 83 101 0.822 28 102 130 45 6 39 37 22 248
2002-03 26 SAS NBA PF 24 24 1021 218 412 0.529 0 7 0 218 405 0.538 0.529 157 232 0.677 96 273 369 127 15 79 76 78 593
2003-04 27 SAS NBA PF 10 10 405 83 159 0.522 0 1 0 83 158 0.525 0.522 55 87 0.632 33 80 113 32 8 20 42 34 221
2004-05 28 SAS NBA PF 23 23 869 197 425 0.464 1 5 0.2 196 420 0.467 0.465 147 205 0.717 87 199 286 63 8 52 62 66 542
2005-06 29 SAS NBA PF 13 13 493 121 211 0.573 0 2 0 121 209 0.579 0.573 94 131 0.718 33 104 137 43 11 25 34 50 336
2006-07 30 SAS NBA C 20 20 736 174 334 0.521 0 0   174 334 0.521 0.521 96 149 0.644 73 156 229 65 13 62 59 59 444
2007-08 31 SAS NBA C 17 17 666 135 301 0.449 1 5 0.2 134 296 0.453 0.45 72 115 0.626 61 186 247 56 15 35 41 41 343
2008-09 32 SAS NBA C 5 5 164 41 77 0.532 0 0   41 77 0.532 0.532 17 28 0.607 12 28 40 16 3 6 7 11 99
2009-10 33 SAS NBA C 10 10 373 78 150 0.52 1 2 0.5 77 148 0.52 0.523 33 69 0.478 30 69 99 26 8 17 24 27 190
2010-11 34 SAS NBA C 6 6 212 33 69 0.478 0 0   33 69 0.478 0.478 10 16 0.625 16 47 63 16 3 15 18 17 76
2011-12 35 SAS NBA C 14 14 463 101 204 0.495 0 1 0 101 203 0.498 0.495 41 58 0.707 32 99 131 39 10 29 21 30 243
2012-13 36 SAS NBA C 21 21 735 151 321 0.47 0 1 0 151 320 0.472 0.47 79 98 0.806 54 160 214 40 18 34 42 53 381
2013-14 37 SAS NBA C 23 23 752 149 285 0.523 0 2 0 149 283 0.527 0.523 76 100 0.76 65 146 211 45 7 29 26 52 374
2014-15 38 SAS NBA C 7 7 250 53 90 0.589 0 1 0 53 89 0.596 0.589 19 34 0.559 19 59 78 23 9 10 7 26 125
2015-16 39 SAS NBA C 10 10 218 22 52 0.423 0 0   22 52 0.423 0.423 15 21 0.714 10 38 48 14 2 13 10 18 59
Career     NBA   251 251 9370 1975 3939 0.501 5 35 0.143 1970 3904 0.505 0.502 1217 1766 0.689 778 2081 2859 764 168 568 633 701 5172

Kevin Garnett

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kevin Garnett 5th overall in the 1995 NBA Draft behind Joe Smith, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rasheed Wallace. Garnett played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1995 to 2007, the Boston Celtics from 2007 to 2013, the Brooklyn Nets from 2013 to 2015, and the Minnesota Timberwolves for a second time from 2015 to 2016.

In 2008, Garnett finally became an NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics. He won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2004. This dominant power forward / center was selected to the NBA All Star Game 15 times (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), and he won the All Star Game MVP in 2003. Four times Garnett was named to the All NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, the All NBA Second Team three times (2001, 2002, 2005), and the All NBA Third Team twice (1999, 2007).

In 2008, Garnett won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was on the NBA All Defensive First Team nine times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) as well as the NBA All Defensive Second Team three times (2006, 2007, 2012). During four seasons Garnett was the NBA rebounding champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2006). In 2006 he won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. In 1995 he was named Mr. Basketball USA, Illinois Mr. Basketball, and he was the McDonald’s All American Game MVP. Kevin Garnett was a First Team Parade All American in 1994 and 1995.

Garnett's NBA Career Regular Season Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1995-96 19 MIN NBA SF 80 43 2293 361 735 0.491 8 28 0.286 353 707 0.499 0.497 105 149 0.705 175 326 501 145 86 131 110 189 835
1996-97 20 MIN NBA SF 77 77 2995 549 1100 0.499 6 21 0.286 543 1079 0.503 0.502 205 272 0.754 190 428 618 236 105 163 175 199 1309
1997-98 21 MIN NBA PF 82 82 3222 635 1293 0.491 3 16 0.188 632 1277 0.495 0.492 245 332 0.738 222 564 786 348 139 150 192 224 1518
1998-99 22 MIN NBA PF 47 47 1780 414 900 0.46 4 14 0.286 410 886 0.463 0.462 145 206 0.704 166 323 489 202 78 83 135 152 977
1999-00 23 MIN NBA PF 81 81 3243 759 1526 0.497 30 81 0.37 729 1445 0.504 0.507 309 404 0.765 223 733 956 401 120 126 268 205 1857
2000-01 24 MIN NBA PF 81 81 3202 704 1475 0.477 19 66 0.288 685 1409 0.486 0.484 357 467 0.764 219 702 921 401 111 145 230 204 1784
2001-02 25 MIN NBA PF 81 81 3175 659 1401 0.47 37 116 0.319 622 1285 0.484 0.484 359 448 0.801 243 738 981 422 96 126 229 184 1714
2002-03 26 MIN NBA PF 82 82 3321 743 1481 0.502 20 71 0.282 723 1410 0.513 0.508 377 502 0.751 244 858 1102 495 113 129 229 199 1883
2003-04 27 MIN NBA PF 82 82 3231 804 1611 0.499 11 43 0.256 793 1568 0.506 0.502 368 465 0.791 245 894 1139 409 120 178 212 202 1987
2004-05 28 MIN NBA PF 82 82 3121 683 1360 0.502 6 25 0.24 677 1335 0.507 0.504 445 549 0.811 247 861 1108 466 121 112 222 207 1817
2005-06 29 MIN NBA PF 76 76 2957 626 1191 0.526 8 30 0.267 618 1161 0.532 0.529 396 489 0.81 214 752 966 308 104 107 180 206 1656
2006-07 30 MIN NBA PF 76 76 2995 638 1341 0.476 12 56 0.214 626 1285 0.487 0.48 416 498 0.835 183 792 975 313 89 126 205 184 1704
2007-08 31 BOS NBA PF 71 71 2328 534 990 0.539 0 11 0 534 979 0.545 0.539 269 336 0.801 135 520 655 244 100 89 138 163 1337
2008-09 32 BOS NBA PF 57 57 1772 393 740 0.531 2 8 0.25 391 732 0.534 0.532 111 132 0.841 78 407 485 144 63 68 90 128 899
2009-10 33 BOS NBA PF 69 69 2060 402 772 0.521 1 5 0.2 401 767 0.523 0.521 185 221 0.837 78 428 506 185 68 57 101 170 990
2010-11 34 BOS NBA PF 71 71 2220 434 822 0.528 1 5 0.2 433 817 0.53 0.529 187 217 0.862 83 548 631 171 95 57 115 148 1056
2011-12 35 BOS NBA C 60 60 1864 391 777 0.503 3 9 0.333 388 768 0.505 0.505 162 189 0.857 66 428 494 175 56 61 107 141 947
2012-13 36 BOS NBA C 68 68 2022 422 850 0.496 2 16 0.125 420 834 0.504 0.498 158 201 0.786 75 455 530 159 78 62 110 154 1004
2013-14 37 BRK NBA C 54 54 1109 157 356 0.441 0 3 0 157 353 0.445 0.441 38 47 0.809 60 298 358 82 43 40 69 123 352
2014-15 38 TOT NBA PF 47 47 952 143 306 0.467 1 7 0.143 142 299 0.475 0.469 36 45 0.8 48 263 311 77 46 17 46 109 323
2014-15 38 BRK NBA PF 42 42 854 125 275 0.455 1 6 0.167 124 269 0.461 0.456 34 41 0.829 46 239 285 69 41 13 45 96 285
2014-15 38 MIN NBA PF 5 5 98 18 31 0.581 0 1 0 18 30 0.6 0.581 2 4 0.5 2 24 26 8 5 4 1 13 38
2015-16 39 MIN NBA PF 38 38 556 54 115 0.47 0 1 0 54 114 0.474 0.47 14 21 0.667 15 135 150 62 28 10 16 70 122
Career     NBA   1462 1425 50418 10505 21142 0.497 174 632 0.275 10331 20510 0.504 0.501 4887 6190 0.789 3209 11453 14662 5445 1859 2037 3179 3561 26071
14 seasons   MIN NBA   970 933 36189 7647 15560 0.491 164 569 0.288 7483 14991 0.499 0.497 3743 4806 0.779 2588 8130 10718 4216 1315 1590 2404 2438 19201
6 seasons   BOS NBA   396 396 12266 2576 4951 0.52 9 54 0.167 2567 4897 0.524 0.521 1072 1296 0.827 515 2786 3301 1078 460 394 661 904 6233
2 seasons   BRK NBA   96 96 1963 282 631 0.447 1 9 0.111 281 622 0.452 0.448 72 88 0.818 106 537 643 151 84 53 114 219 637

Garnett's NBA Career Playoff Statistics

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97 20 MIN NBA SF 3 3 125 24 51 0.471 1 1 1 23 50 0.46 0.48 3 3 1 14 14 28 11 4 3 4 6 52
1997-98 21 MIN NBA PF 5 5 194 36 75 0.48 0 0   36 75 0.48 0.48 7 9 0.778 17 31 48 20 4 12 22 17 79
1998-99 22 MIN NBA PF 4 4 170 35 79 0.443 0 2 0 35 77 0.455 0.443 17 23 0.739 16 32 48 15 7 8 13 10 87
1999-00 23 MIN NBA PF 4 4 171 30 78 0.385 2 3 0.667 28 75 0.373 0.397 13 16 0.813 13 30 43 35 5 3 11 12 75
2000-01 24 MIN NBA PF 4 4 165 27 58 0.466 0 3 0 27 55 0.491 0.466 30 36 0.833 10 38 48 17 4 6 6 13 84
2001-02 25 MIN NBA PF 3 3 130 24 56 0.429 1 2 0.5 23 54 0.426 0.438 23 32 0.719 16 40 56 15 5 5 12 11 72
2002-03 26 MIN NBA PF 6 6 265 71 138 0.514 3 9 0.333 68 129 0.527 0.525 17 28 0.607 11 83 94 31 10 10 18 23 162
2003-04 27 MIN NBA PF 18 18 783 168 372 0.452 5 16 0.313 163 356 0.458 0.458 97 125 0.776 39 224 263 92 24 41 75 57 438
2007-08 31 BOS NBA PF 26 26 987 217 438 0.495 2 8 0.25 215 430 0.5 0.498 94 116 0.81 72 202 274 87 35 29 55 74 530
2009-10 33 BOS NBA PF 23 23 766 149 301 0.495 0 2 0 149 299 0.498 0.495 47 56 0.839 32 138 170 58 26 20 31 74 345
2010-11 34 BOS NBA PF 9 9 328 56 127 0.441 0 1 0 56 126 0.444 0.441 22 29 0.759 21 77 98 23 17 9 19 27 134
2011-12 35 BOS NBA C 20 20 737 159 320 0.497 1 4 0.25 158 316 0.5 0.498 65 80 0.813 31 175 206 30 23 29 44 59 384
2012-13 36 BOS NBA C 6 6 212 30 60 0.5 0 2 0 30 58 0.517 0.5 16 17 0.941 9 73 82 21 5 6 19 23 76
2013-14 37 BRK NBA C 12 12 250 33 63 0.524 0 2 0 33 61 0.541 0.524 17 23 0.739 19 57 76 16 9 5 13 25 83
Career     NBA   143 143 5283 1059 2216 0.478 15 55 0.273 1044 2161 0.483 0.481 468 593 0.789 320 1214 1534 471 178 186 342 431 2601
5 seasons   BOS NBA   84 84 3030 611 1246 0.49 3 17 0.176 608 1229 0.495 0.492 244 298 0.819 165 665 830 219 106 93 168 257 1469
8 seasons   MIN NBA   47 47 2003 415 907 0.458 12 36 0.333 403 871 0.463 0.464 207 272 0.761 136 492 628 236 63 88 161 149 1049
1 season   BRK NBA   12 12 250 33 63 0.524 0 2 0 33 61 0.541 0.524 17 23 0.739 19 57 76 16 9 5 13 25 83

Media Statements

"He'd probably think this is pretty awesome right here," says Garnett. "The Hall of Fame is something you don't really think about. It just happens."

"[That's] because of the enormity -- even before Kobe's death -- that we think Kobe and Duncan and Garnett bring to it," Jerry Colangelo stated. "We've never had a class that strong at the top. And of course with Kobe's death, it added more focus.

"We thought the way of dealing with it was eliminating some direct-elects on a one-year basis. We have that flexibility, fortunately, to do it because some people could get lost in the shuffle, really, in terms of getting their due."

"No, no, no," Colangelo replied. "I have no idea where those things started. We have a process and you follow the process. When we met in Dallas after his death, we had to deal with that, and the way we dealt with it was we weren't going to submit a lot of names. We were going to make it a small class.

"We want everyone to get their due. It's important. It's sensitive. We have a job to do between now and the end of August, that it is that kind of a program and production. As sad as it all is, we have to deal with all of that, and life goes on in the world of basketball and the Hall of Fame and we don't want to take away from the people here who are the prospective inductees."

"It's hard to process," Mike Breen expressed. "I just love the game, and to be able to call the games ... to me, that was the lottery. That was hitting the jackpot for the rest of my life.

"To think that you were doing something that you love so much, and then they're going to give you this unbelievable award? I know it's a cliché, but it's overwhelming."

Sources:

“Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett headline Hall of Fame finalists”, Tim Bontemps, espn.com, February 14, 2020.

“Kobe Bryant”, basketball-reference.com, February 14, 2020.

“Tim Duncan”, basketball-reference.com, February 14, 2020.

“Kevin Garnett”, basketball-reference.com, February 14, 2020.

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