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KG Versus Series: KG takes on Mchale

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM


Many years ago, Kevin Mchale was a teacher in KG's life Unprepared and unsuspected changes In evolution comes. KG became a player like no other,and Kevin couldn't watch him go by. These days KG is a teacher to guys like Jujuan Johnson, and Glen Daivs. Kevin Mchale was an early role model in KG's NBA life. Kevin put his neck out drafting a skinny  from high school kid. Mchale saw something in Garnett, and he was 100% right. He drafted one of the greatest power forwards to ever  play the game. Both KG, and Mchale seem to be forever linked in some way or another. The two Kevin's spent 12 years together in Minnesota. But once the T'Wolves seemed ready to part with KG. Kevin Mchale pulled the trigger on a deal that sent KG to Mchales old squad the Boston Celtics.



Although both Kevin's seemed to be linked by franchises. They both had different career paths. Mchale was a two time 6th man of the year. Kevin spent most of his early years on the bench on a stacked Celtics team. In the two seasons that Kevin won 6th man. He averaged a little over 19 a game, and over 8 boards a game. Kevin became a full time starter on the 85-86 team. That team to many is the greatest team ever. Maybe the best Celtics team ever. Kevin averaged over 20 points five times in his career. KG over 9 times. Kevin was an All-star seven times in his career. KG has been to the mid-season classic 14 times. And of course Mchale won three NBA championships.KG won his title in 2008, as we all know. Also KG was a league MVP in 2004.


Both Kevin's were the best, or one of the best in their era's on the defensive end. KG is a nine time first team All-NBA defensive player. Mchale made it three times on the first team. Mchale made the second team three times also. Mchale never averaged over 10 boards a game in his career. KG has 9 times. KG is a better rebounder plain and simple. Mchale would for sure get a few shots off against KG. Mchale was to smart, and far to  crafty. KG learned a lot of those moves up close,  and personal in the early stages of his career. Kevin Garnett became better than the teacher. It doesn't always happen, but Mchale took a big chance on KG, and it paid out for the Celtics in the end instead of the Wolves. 


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3 Comments

Reply paul
12:28 AM on August 6, 2012 
It's hard to say who is the better player between McHale and Garnett. If you made a list of the top five power forwards of all time, I think both guys would have to be on that list. Each player was very much of his time. Mchale would have struggled a lot with the way defenses are played these days. A power forward has to be very active, very agile today. Then again, the way Bird, Mchale and Parish worked as a unit might translate very well to today's NBA. Garnett is a better defender, rebounder and passer, but offensively Mchale was possibly the most devastating force in the paint other than Kareem. His variety of moves was just amazing to watch. It's a shame that he didn't inspire more imitators. Mchalian variety of moves is, I think, the solution to Sullinger's scoring problems in the post. Mchale used it to make up for his lack of heft. Sully could use it to make up for his lack of height.
Reply C'slife
12:53 AM on August 6, 2012 
paul says...
It's hard to say who is the better player between McHale and Garnett. If you made a list of the top five power forwards of all time, I think both guys would have to be on that list. Each player was very much of his time. Mchale would have struggled a lot with the way defenses are played these days. A power forward has to be very active, very agile today. Then again, the way Bird, Mchale and Parish worked as a unit might translate very well to today's NBA. Garnett is a better defender, rebounder and passer, but offensively Mchale was possibly the most devastating force in the paint other than Kareem. His variety of moves was just amazing to watch. It's a shame that he didn't inspire more imitators. Mchalian variety of moves is, I think, the solution to Sullinger's scoring problems in the post. Mchale used it to make up for his lack of heft. Sully could use it to make up for his lack of height.



I think that would be a great matchup to watch on PPV. Mchale's offense, and KG's defense. Insane to watch guys. Look at the 1986 finals, when Mchale squared off against Hakeem. He played very well against Hakeem, who kinda played like KG back than.
Reply paul
1:38 AM on August 6, 2012 
Folks forget how incredible Mchale was. But Garnett is the greater player. He has the leadership intangibles.