Completed his sixth NBA campaign, averaging 22.0 ppg (.477 FG%, .288 3pt%, .764 FT%), 11.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.37 spg, 1.79 bpg and 39.5 mpg in starting all 81 games in which he played ... It marked the second straight year he's tallied 20 pts/10 reb/5 ast, making him just the seventh player in NBA/ABA history to accomplish that feat more than once ... Missed the season finale (April 18) at Dallas with a left calf contusion ... Extended his double-figure scoring streak to 291 games, the 11th-longest string in NBA history; he topped 20 points on 58 occasions, including seven games of 30+ ... Drew his first career ejection April 15 vs. Utah ... Had seven blocks April 10 at Vancouver, one shy of his career best; he recorded 35 blocks in his last 14 outings (2.50 bpg) ... Played 26 minutes at Vancouver, snapping a string of 12 straight games in which he'd logged 40+ minutes ... Set a franchise record by going nine-for-nine from the floor in the 1st half March 21 vs. Dallas; his 14-for-17 effort against the Mavericks was a club season best for field-goal accuracy ... Saw his club-record string of 10 point/rebound double-doubles snapped March 18 vs. Cleveland; he had 30 double-doubles in his final 39 games, and 54 on the season (3rd in the NBA) ... Also ranked 6th in rebounding and 16th in scoring; he was Minnesota's top rebounder 63 times, and the leading scorer in 55 games ... However, the Wolves were 18-8 when he didn't lead in scoring, 15-16 when he had 20+ FGAs, and 13-5 when he led in assists ... Notched his second triple-double of the season (sixth of his career) Feb. 28 vs. Detroit (18 pts/10 reb/10 ast); he had 26/13/10 on Dec. 15 at Detroit ... Tied his career high with 40 points Feb. 7 vs. Sacramento (17-22 FG, 2-2 3pt, 4-4 FT), establishing club records for FGM in a half (13, 1st) and game (17) ... Poured in 34 points with a season-high 20 rebounds Dec. 16 vs. Indiana ... Earned NBA Player of the Week honors for Nov. 13-19, the fifth such award of his career ... Scored his 8,000th career point March 18 vs. Cleveland; he'd surpassed the 7,000 mark Dec. 12 at New Jersey ... Grabbed his 4,000th rebound March 2 at Denver ... The Jan. 2 game at Washington was the 400th of his career ... Became the Wolves' all-time leading scorer Nov. 9 vs. Philadelphia.
Became only the ninth player in league history to average at least 20 ppg, 10 rpg and 5 apg in a season ... Posted career highs in scoring (22.9), rebounding (a club-record 11.8) and assists (5.0) ... Led the Wolves in scoring 52 times, in rebounding 66 times, and in assists on 13 occasions ... Recorded a club-record 57 point/rebound double-doubles on the year, ranking 3rd in the NBA in that category ... Notched his second career triple-double Dec. 14 at Atlanta (22 pts/15 reb/10 ast), adding a career-high seven steals ... Also came up just one assist shy of triple-doubles on three other occasions (April 14 at Vancouver, Feb. 18 vs. Vancouver, Feb. 4 vs. Houston) ... Set franchise records for rebounds in a game (23), half (19, 1st) and quarter (12, 1st) in the Dec. 27 win at Orlando; he had 20+ boards four times overall ... Became just the fifth player in franchise history to score 40+ with his 40-point effort March 22 at Boston, part of a club-record string of four consecutive 30-point outings ... Shot a career-best 37.0% (30-for-81) from three-point range ... Averaged a franchise-record 40.0 mpg (5th in the NBA), including a career-high 52-minute stint April 14 at Vancouver ... Named the NBA's Player of the Week three times (March 20-26, Dec. 20-26, Nov. 8-14), and also earned Player of the Month honors for January ... Tallied 24 points with 10 rebounds and five assists in the 49th NBA All-Star Game, played Feb. 13 in Oakland ... Surpassed Sam Mitchell to become the Wolves' all-time leading rebounder Dec. 28 at Miami.
Appeared in 47 games, missing three games (Apr. 14-16) with the flu ... The April 14 DNP at San Antonio snapped his string of consecutive games played and started at 181, dating to the Dec. 11, 1996 contest at Chicago ... Was the Wolves' leading scorer in 16 of his last 18 games, 21 of his last 24, and 26 of his last 31 (33 times total) ... Scored 20+ in 19 of his last 30 (27 total) ... Led Minnesota in rebounding 31 times, and recorded 25 double-doubles (9th-best in the NBA) ... Poured in a season-high 30 points April 25 at Portland ... Ranked 11th in the NBA in scoring (20.8), 9th in rebounding (10.4), 13th in blocks (1.77) and 20th in steals (1.66) ... Also ranked 5th among forwards in assists (4.3) ... Handed out a career-high 11 assists along with 21 points and 9 rebounds April 12 vs. Houston -- the third time he'd come up one rebound shy of a triple-double ... Had 16 pts/18 reb/9 ast March 28 vs. Milwaukee and 21/11/9 vs. the L.A. Lakers on March 16; he also had a 23/9/9 game vs. Houston on Feb. 17 ... Named the NBA's Player of the Week for March 29-April 4 ... Tied Tom Gugliotta's single-game club record for FG accuracy March 30 vs. Dallas, shooting 91.7% (11-for-12) ... Pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds Feb. 21 vs. Sacramento ... Blocked his 500th career shot April 2 vs. Denver.
Recorded his first career triple-double (Jan. 3 vs. Denver) and earned a starting berth in the NBA All-Star Game ... Broke the franchise single-season records for rebounds (786), point/rebound double-doubles (45), and minutes played (3,222) ... His 20 rebounds vs. Washington (Nov. 13) tied the franchise single-game record ... Joined Tom Gugliotta (Feb. 3, 1996 at Dallas) as the only players in Wolves history to tally 20 points and 20 boards in the same game ... Started all 82 games, becoming only the third player in Wolves history to do so (Tyrone Corbin, 1990-91; Pooh Richardson, 1990-91, 1991-92) ... Led Minnesota in rebounding 50 times, and ranked 10th in the NBA at 9.6 rpg ... Led the club in scoring on 27 occasions, and posted 20-point efforts 32 times ... Scored a season-high 32 points March 29 at Sacramento ... Ranked 4th among forwards in steals (1.70 spg), 3rd among forwards in assists (4.2 apg) and 13th in the NBA in blocks (1.83 bpg) ... Was one of four players in the NBA with 100+ steals and 100+ blocks (Webber, Outlaw, McDyess).
His second season was highlighted by his first All-Star Game appearance ... Started 77 games, missing five contests (Dec. 5-11) with a sprained left foot ... Broke his own franchise single-season record for blocked shots (163), and finished ninth in the NBA (first among forwards) in blocks at 2.12 bpg ... Registered eight blocks each in back-to-back games (Jan. 3 at Boston, Jan. 4 at Milwaukee), one shy of the club record ... Was Minnesota's leading rebounder 28 times, and posted 19 point/rebound double-doubles ... Grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds Nov. 27 vs. Seattle ... Led the Wolves in scoring 19 times, and tallied 20+ on 26 occasions ... Had three 30-point efforts (all on the road), scoring 33 on March 30 at Golden State ... Scored the 1,000th point of his career Nov. 23 vs. the L.A. Clippers, and hauled down his 1,000th career rebound March 23 vs. Miami.
Named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team ... Concluded his rookie season as the youngest player in the NBA at 19 years, 11 months ... Appeared in 80 games, missing two due to a cut on his right hand ... Broke Felton Spencer's club record for blocked shots in a season, finishing with 131 ... Ranked 15th in the NBA in blocks (second among forwards), averaging 1.64 bpg ... Started the Wolves' final 42 games; averaged 36.6 mpg, 14.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.26 bpg as a starter, shooting 53.3% from the field ... Led Minnesota in rebounding in 22 of his 43 starts and registered 12 point/rebound double-doubles ... Tallied a season-high 33 points Mar. 27 vs. Boston, the second-highest rookie total in Wolves history ... Grabbed 19 rebounds March 6 at Philadelphia ... Played for the Western Conference squad in the 1996 Schick Rookie Game during All-Star Weekend in San Antonio.
Garnett declared himself a candidate for the 1995 NBA Draft after graduating from high school at Farragut Academy in Chicago. He had spent his first three years at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. As a senior, Garnett was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today and was selected to the Parade magazine All-America First Team after leading Farragut to a 28-2 mark and the Class AA state quarterfinals. He was named Mr. Basketball for the State of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points, 17.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting .666 from the field. He previously had been named Mr. Basketball for the State of South Carolina as a junior in 1994. Garnett, whose four-year high school basketball totals included 2,533 points, 1,807 rebounds and 739 blocked shots, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the McDonald's All-America Game after registering 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.
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