Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 3/18/15

May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (2) during their game against the Toronto Raptors in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Nets beat the Raptors 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Garnett is not the player that he once was, but still Garnett can provide a vital role for any NBA team. Garnett, if he does return this season, would enter his 20th NBA season. Here’s what to expect if the big ticket Kevin Garnett returns for the final year of his deal next season. 5. Leadership Kevin Garnett is the perfect guy to have on a team to help young players develop. Mason Plumlee saw massive improvements last season, and the youngster out of Duke credited Kg for helping his development. If Garnett returns expect his leadership on, and off the floor to be prevalent game in and game out. 4. Intensity One thing that Kevin Garnett relies heavily upon is gamesmanship. Garnett will do whatever it takes to gain an edge over his opponent, one tactic that Garnett uses is non stop intensity to gain an advantage. Garnett puts fear into many of his opponents with his intensity, especially on defense. Even at the age of 38, Garnett still is as intense as any player in the NBA. 3. Desire Garnett, just like all players at his age doesn’t care about making tons of money. Garnett wants one last championship before he calls it quits. That desire for another championship can help motivate others around the Nets locker room to want to climb to the top of the mountain just as much as Garnett does. At this stage in his career Kg won’t win anymore MVP awards, but his desire to achieve greatness as a team is a benefit to any squad. 2. Hustle Last season in game 3 of the Nets first round matchup against the Raptors Garnett showed that even at the age of 38 he is not afraid to dive to the floor for a loose ball. Late in the second quarter there was a loose ball, and there was a scrum, as Deron Williams, Kyle Lowry and other players were fighting for the ball. The whistle blew and a foul was called on the Raptors. Garnett wasn’t satisfied with just the foul call, the 38 year old dove to the floor ripped the ball out of Amir Johnson’s arms got up to his feet held the ball in the air, let out a scream, and pointed to Brooklyn on his jersey. The crowd was ecstatic, and that was the turning point in a Nets win verse the Raptors. 1. Passion Kevin Garnett loves, and respects the game of basketball, it’s as simple as that. That love, and respect for the game is what makes Garnett so special. Every night he brings a boat load of passion on the floor, and it spreads like wildfire through the entire team. Even if Garnett was at the age of 50 he would still bring passion to a team, and all coaches love a guy like Garnett who will give it his all every single game.
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