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Who did it better - Kevin Garnett or Vince Carter?

One guy has the accolades, the other higlight reels. Who would you go with?
Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett and Vince Carter

Being the superstar of your team in the NBA is a huge load to carry. That’s just one of the things Vince Carter and Kevin Garnett had in common at one point in their respective illustrious careers. But while both were exceptional during their primes, it’s always nice to delve into what made “Vinsanity” and “The Big Ticket” legendary players. And hopefully, in the process, we can determine who was better.

Attributes

Carter and Garnett were both versatile. VC operated as a reliable all-around shooting guard/small forward, who could drain threes and take the ball strong to the hole. Meanwhile, KG was more of a combo power forward/center, who had a tremendous post-game but still made a living nailing jump shots from the perimeter and high-post if you didn’t lock him down.

As for their unique attributes, Carter was a legitimate high-flyer whose leaping ability defied the laws of gravity and the norms of in-game dunking in the NBA. On the other hand, Garnett had always been leaner, faster, and more athletic than most of his counterparts in the league, allowing him to dominate his defenders throughout the game.

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Achievements and accolades

A player’s accolades play an important role in his legacy. In this aspect, it’s safe to say that Garnett got the better of Carter, and it’s quite easy to tell with just one look.

Garnett: Hall of Famer, 15-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, 2003 All-Star MVP, 1996 All-Rookie, 2008 NBA champion, NBA 75 team

Carter: Eight-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, 1999 Rookie of the Year, 1999 All-Rookie, 2000 NBA Slam Dunk champion

Legacy

For some, individual achievements are just titles, as they acknowledge that greatness comes in different forms. This is where legacy takes place.

Undeniably, Carter and Garnett are both NBA legends. More importantly, they were regarded as the greatest player of their original teams: The Toronto Raptors for Carter and the Minnesota Timberwolves for Garnett.

In the case of KG, he is outright the Timberwolves’ GOAT, but he won his first and lone NBA championship with the Boston Celtics. His No. 5 jersey was also retired by the C’s, and it cemented his name on the list of the storied franchise’s all-time greats.

As for Carter, he earned the moniker “Air Canada” as he is undoubtedly the most electrifying Raptor of all time. However, it was Kawhi Leonard who brought the championship to Toronto. Nevertheless, Carter is still considered the most influential player the Canadian market team has ever had.

All told, both Carter and Garnett had incredible careers. But in the end, it’s up to you to decide who did it better.

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