The Big ticket is approaching the end of a great career. However, so long as he is playing I believe that he has much to contribute to an NBA team.
KG is a leader for the Nets. And as a leader he has to get out of his way to help his team win even if he is only playing 21 minutes. KG, I would argue, needs to make two significant adjustments.
1.KGneeds operate closer to the basket to score and stop shooting jump shots.
His dedication to his craft is legendary. Nevertheless, at 37 years of age his field goal percentage has drop to a career low 43% which indicates that he no longer shoots his mid-range jumpers at high percentage. Thus, KG should work be working closer to the basket in the low post. KG likes to face up, so should do that more often. In other words, he should take bank shots off the glass a la Tim Duncan, attack the basket taking advantage of his fundamentally sound footwork, lighter weight and long body and or use legitimate center moves that are skilled oriented not physically demanded such as a running hooks, jump hooks or sky hooks. Because he possesses a great touch for a big man, he has the skills to make those adjustments and raise his offensive production for the Brooklyn Nets.
KG is a professional, a winner and a tremendous competitor. He is not a scrub. He can and would commit to mastering some of those moves to help his team score down low because with Brook Lopez out the Nets stand no chance whatsoever in the championship conversation without big man scoring in the low post.
2.KG needs to mentor and help Mason Plumlee develop into a productive force for the nets.
He is about team and work, and one of his missions will to mentor the young 23 years old rookie Mason Plumlee. We can already say that KG is having a positive impact on Plumlee. His mentoring is giving the rookie leadership and inspiration. Showing his disciple that despite his age he can still dedicate himself to his craft to work on moves that are not his favorite but which can help the team can be teaching the rookie a very important lesson. That lesson is that no matter when and where in your career, as a player one has self-assess and assess what the team needs from one and try to do more and improve itself and expend its skill set to help the team.
Mason Plumlee is the same size as KG, 6 ft 11, and is little lighter for is listed at 235 pounds. Interestingly enough he exhibits a similar level of energy and force. His objective now should be to learn as much as he can from the Great Kevin Garnett on both ends of the floor.
Kevin Garnett is a future Hall of Famer. His envy and will for winning another championship must still be significant otherwise he would have retired a Celtics. Having said that, KG’s Nets stands no chance whatsoever of coming out of the Eastern conference unless he makes two necessary adjustments.