Mauldin High's Kevin Garnett among NBA's top players

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Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett pumps his fist after making a shot in the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in 2008.

Born in Greenville on May, 19, 1976, and a standout at Mauldin High School, Kevin Garnett has become one of the top NBA players of his generation.

A first-round selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1995 NBA draft, Garnett is a 13-time All-Star and was selected the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2003.

He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, the same season he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the NBA Championship.

Garnett has made the All-NBA team nine times, including the first team four times. He is a 10-time All-Defensive Team selection and was selected to the league’s All-Rookie squad for the 1995-96 season.

The winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2006, Garnett has led the NBA in rebounding four times and scoring once (2004).

He is one of only four players to lead his team in all five of the league’s major categories – points, rebounding, assists, blocks and steals (2002-03).

Garnett enters the 2009-10 season with career per-game averages of 20.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals. His playoff statistics are similar at 21.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals.

Garnett participated on the United States Olympic Basketball Team in 2000, winning a gold medal.