Kevin Garnett entered the NBA Finals shooting 52% from the field during the 2008 playoffs.
Kevin shot 53% from the field versus Rasheed Wallace and the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even more impressive is the fact that out of his 101 shot attempts during that series, only 21 of them came inside the paint.
KG is shooting just 40% from the field versus the Lakers.
Garnett has attempted 87 shots over the first 5 games of the NBA Finals. Twenty-one of those 87 shots have come inside the paint. Despite his shooting struggles, Kevin is connecting on 57% (12-of-21) of his shots within 10 feet of the basket.
I regard KG — at 6-11 — as the greatest shooting big man of all-time. He shoots better from mid-range than 90% of the guards and shooting forwards in the league.
I love his intensity. I love his passion. And I love the effort he gives on the defensive side of the ball.
But I’ll never understand his failure to assert himself down low.
I’ve heard all of the excuses.
He doesn’t have the build to play down low for 48 minutes.
That’s just not his game.
And so on and so forth. I’m not buying any of it. Kevin Garnett is a power forward. One of the greatest power forwards of all-time. Power forwards score their points on the low block, with their backs to the basket. It would be different if KG was incapable of producing down low. But he’s more than capable. I stand by my assertion that when motivated, KG is every bit as unstoppable as Tim Duncan is on the block.
I can live with KG’s shortcomings in the clutch (like when he missed 3-of-4 free throws in the 4th quarter of last night’s game).
But his shot selection is inexcusable.