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Kevin Garnett had a rough year and dealt with so many setbacks, and it could hardly be anything that he was happy about. The Big Ticket went down just past the midway point of the season with a knee injury and despite trying to come back late in March, Garnett just never really managed to get back on track and missed the entire playoffs. Many have wondered what could have happened with the Celtics and the playoffs had Garnett been there and been healthy. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
For the time that he did play in the regular season, Garnett’s numbers were way down from his career numbers. He was still a good ball player, but had difficulties maintaining his high scoring numbers that he normally has. Again, he plays with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on a regular basis so his numbers were going to be down. There was also more of a scoring emergence from Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins this past season as well, which cut into KG’s numbers.
In the 57 games Garnett appeared in, he averaged 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 2.5 assists per game. Unfortunately for Garnett, those numbers were all the lowest they had been since his rookie campaign back in the 1995-96 season with Minnesota.
Garnett has had successful knee surgery already this off-season and is gearing up to be back in action for next year. He will benefit greatly from the arrival of Rasheed Wallace from Detroit since Wallace will allow Garnett to gain some extra rest as well as have some playing time with another fellow All-Star. KG should resurface to his dominant self next season and be a force to be reckoned with on the court and under the basket.