All-Star Kevin Garnett Shines with the Celtics
By ASM Sports
As head of ASM Sports for the past two decades, Andy Miller negotiated more than $800 million in endorsements and contracts. NBA stars we represent include Sebastian Telfair, Andre Miller, Chauncey Billups, and Antonio McDyess. One of the most recognizable names on our agency roster is Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. The fifth pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Garnett had the distinction of being the first player in 20 years drafted directly out of high school.
He joined a Minnesota Timberwolves team that had been struggling as a six-year-old expansion team. Before Garnett’s entrance, the team had not won more than 29 games in a single season. Garnett’s rookie year was respectable but did not pull the Timberwolves out of the doldrums. However, from his second season on, Garnett took control of the team, leading the Timberwolves to their first of eight consecutive playoff appearances.
In 2003-2004 Garnett took his team to the Western Conference Finals and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. When the Timberwolves struggled from 2004 to 2007, some blame fell on Garnett’s shoulders, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007. Playing with the Celtics, Kevin Garnett brought his play to a new level, and he was an integral part of the team claiming its 17th NBA championship in 2007-2008. The following season, the Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being knocked out by Orlando.
Then after a 2008-2009 season marred by injuries, Garnett helped the underdog Celtics reach the NBA Finals, where they were beaten in the decisive seventh game by the Los Angeles Lakers. The next season was another stellar one for Garnett, with the 14-time All-Star averaging 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, the Celtics were shut down by the explosive Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. One of the highlights of the ASM Sports blog is a series of regularly updated entries penned by Kevin Garnett. In the blog, Garnett recounts both the high points and the low points of last season, candidly assessing his own performance on the court.
A top-level sports agent for the past two decades, Andy Miller owns ASM Sports, which manages a significant roster of NBA veterans and rising stars.