An Insane NBA Record Only Kevin Garnett and Wilt Chamberlain Have Been Able to Accomplish

Published 06/15/2020, 8:19 AM EDT


Every year, the NBA awards the Maurice Podoloff Trophy to the league’s Most Valuable Player. The award is a great honor as the recipient is judged as the regular-season’s best player. Since its inception during the 1955-56 season, many legends have been bestowed with the award, and Kevin Garnett is one of them. 

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Garnett won the MVP award in the 2003-04 season when he was playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. KG had a tremendous season and carried the Wolves all the way till the conference finals. His regular-season records were fantastic and KG received 120 of the 123 possible first-place votes. Only three other eligible voters thought Garnett didn’t deserve to win the award, which is fairly low, when compared to the rest who affirmed him as the MVP.

The 2008 NBA champion is a very talented player in almost all aspects of the game. As records may be broken with ease in the modern game, Kevin Garnett holds an individual feat that incredibly reflects his greatness.

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One record Kevin Garnett holds which is not easily breakable

As good as he was at scoring, Kevin Garnett was a superb rebounder. If you look at his career stats, his rebound average can be found at 10.0 per game, which is impressive. While it might not match up to the greatness of Wilt, KG had a special talent to gather the rebounds. 

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Speaking of Wilt Chamberlain, the man still holds several NBA records to his name. Wilt’s rookie season records are something we might not see in many years to come. While some of Wilt Chamberlain’s records cannot be touched, there are a few which have been broken. 

Kevin Garnett can proudly say that he matched one of Wilt’s records. During his MVP season, Garnett’s all-round skills boosted him to dominate the league in two major aspects. If you look at the overall stats of his MVP season, you can find Garnett’s name at the top of the total rebounds and total points scored. 

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To give you the numbers, Kevin Garnett amassed a total of 1987 points in the season, higher than any other player. With a total of 1139 rebounds, he topped the rebounds list as well. These two numbers are the highest Garnett has ever been able to post in his dazzling career. 

By topping both the points and rebounds charts in a single season, Garnett became the first player after Wilt Chamberlain to achieve the feat. It is pretty impressive, considering the effort a player needs to put into a game to excel in both aspects. While we can see players reach extremely close to topping both the lists, it is very much a tough task to maintain the top status in both of them. That is why Kevin Garnett is a legend.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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