|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 7, 2011 at 2:05 AM|
This will be about KG,and the other great power forwards in NBA history.
KG is one of the greatest power forwards in league history,and at the same time I believe KG's underrated. For the next week or so will compare KG to past great power forwards. Will start with Bob Pettit. Pettit was the first true power forward. He was a foe of the Celtics during the late 50's,and into the early 60's. Pettit was a force,and in the 50's he was a unique player. To see a guy so big was a challenge for any player during that time. He was the first wave of power forwards that used a true post game. Pettit had this to say about his transition from college to the NBA.
"In college I played the standing pivot," "My back was to the basket. In the pros, I'm always outside. Everything I do is facing the basket now. That was my chief difficulty in adjusting, the fact that I had never played forward before."
In his second season, Pettit won his first scoring title with a 25.7 average, and led the league in rebounding (1164 for a 16.2 average). He was also named MVP of the 1956 NBA All-Star Game after scoring 20 points with 24 rebounds; he would win next MVP All-Star Game honors in 1958, 1959, and 1962. He also won his first of two NBA regular season MVP awards in 1956. Pettit was a great scorer,and his numbers back that up. His career average is 26.4 per game. Pettit would lead the Hawks to their first finals in 1957. The Hawks lost to the Celtics in seven games. But in the following season the Hawks won their only title as a franchise. Pettit the following season won his second MVP award.
Pettit ended his career in 1965, becoming the first NBA player to eclipse the 20,000 points mark (20,880 for a 26.4 average). His 12,849 rebounds were second most in league history when he retired, and his 16.2 rebounds per game career average remains third only to Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
Pettit was an NBA All-Star in each of his 11 seasons, was named to the All-NBA First Team ten times, and was name to the All-NBA Second Team once. Pettit still holds the top two NBA All-Star Game rebounding performances with 26 in 1958 and 27 in 1962, and has the second highest All-Star Game points per game average with 20.4 (behind only Oscar Robertson). Pettit averaged at least 20 points per game and at least 12 rebounds per game in each of his 11 NBA seasons. Even with this great resume does that mean Pettit is better than KG?
Kevin Garnett has been one of the most intense players of all-time if not the top guy on that list. Every ounce is given,and every thought is given on the floor. His passion will always be unmatched,and it has been great to watch for the past four seasons up close.
Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves leading them to eight-consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, Garnett led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2003–04 season. In the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal as a member of the USA men's national basketball team. Since his second season in the league, Garnett has been named to every All-Star Game, which includes winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003. He was awarded the regular season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the 2007–08 season and has been a nine-time member of the All-NBA Teams selection and a eleven-time member of the All-Defensive Teams selection.Garnett currently holds several all-time Timberwolves franchise records.
Garnett put the city on the basketball map. It was a young franchise,and Garnett built the teams legacy. KG didn't win an NBA championship in Minnesota,but he wanted too so bad. Garnett never had a second superstar,but he had a duo that helped him in 2004. Sam I am,and Spree helped Garnett. Things finally seemed to come together for Garnett. In past years, the Wolves had practically been a one-man show. KG won his title in 2008 with the Celtics,and we know that. KG endured three losing seasons before coming to Boston in the summer of 2007. KG really sealed up his legacy in 2008. Garnett was already a defensive guru,but he was the leader of the culture change in Boston. His defensive approach was the DNA of the Celtics in 2008.
Lets compare the two forwards. On offense Pettit has the stats,but in terms of the entire package I will give it to KG. KG is a great pass first forward. He didn't do it so much in Minnesota,but he still had over four assists per game for a good portion of his time there. On defense without a doubt KG. Pettit was a good rebounder,but KG has a great frame,and he's able to block more shots,and he's much quicker on team defense. Pettit has a slightly better resume,but they both have one championship. KG would win this match-up.
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