After eight years in the league, in the 2003-2004 season, things just seemed to finally click for the superstar Kevin Garnett. After having to settle for disappointing seasons and first-round exits for consecutive years, where his great individual performances would just seem to waste away, he finally got a solid supporting cast around him in Minnesota.
At 27 years old Garnett was in his prime. A 6”11” power forward with great athleticism and an unbelievable post-game including a variety of post moves, fadeaways and one of the best mid-range shots ever, he was a beast. Of course on the other side of the floor, he was just equally spectacular.
In the 2004 season, after being just a one-man show for years, Garnett finally got some help with the likes of Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell. Powered by the best supporting cast of his career, he would go on to have his best season ever; averaging 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game for the season.
With all those numbers being career highs for him and leading his Minnesota Timberwolves to 58 wins that season, Garnett would be named the league Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.
They would go on to eliminate the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings in the first two rounds, but in the Conference Finals against the Lakers both of their point guards Sam Cassell and Troy Hudson would go down with injuries. Garnett couldn’t do it himself, as they would go down in 6 games.
Unfortunately for Wolves fans that were the closest, they got to a championship, as their team declined again in the next few years. Garnett gotten frustrated and eventually got traded to Boston in 2007, where he would finally get his elusive ring.