Kevin Garnett is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best power forwards of all time, but no season has been more difficult for him than the current Brooklyn Nets campaign, which has been a disaster from start to finish.
The Nets were a preseason pick among many experts to not only win the Atlantic Division, but also to contend for an NBA championship following the acquisitions of Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and Garnett.
Instead, the team has struggled to a 10-21 record, and it’s only three games away from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Garnett talked Wednesday about his struggles this season as the Nets battle through a rough stretch of six losses in their last seven games.
Garnett is averaging just 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game this year, all of which are career lows. And even after 30-plus games with his new teammates, Garnett is still having trouble fitting in with the club.
“I show up every day, and I try to be a professional and give everything I have. You put Father Time on top of that, it doesn’t help,” Garnett told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “The most frustrating thing about me is I could see if [I] wasn’t hitting shots and I wasn’t in here working or taking [expletive] days off, but I put time into my craft for it to come out. But then that’s rhythm on offense. And I don’t have that right now.”
Even though the Nets still have a very good chance to make the playoffs because of how weak the East is this season, Brooklyn is far from a legitimate title contender, and winning a championship is all Garnett has to play for at this stage of his career.