“The Big Ticket” has finally decided to call it a career. One of the greatest players to ever play the game, and easily the most intense player in the NBA, Kevin Garnett will leave a gaping whole in the league next season. Garnett was one of the first players to make the jump from high school straight to the NBA, and he did it as seamlessly as anyone before or after him. With a first ballot Hall of Fame resume, Garnett will be part of the greatest Hall of Fame class in history when he is enshrined alongside Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
Garnett spent a total of 14 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise. He also played six seasons with the Celtics, including his lone NBA Championship season. Garnett also spent two seasons with the New Jersey Nets. In 2004, KG was the league’s Most Valuable Player, an award that many believe he should have won at least one other time as well. During his 19 seasons, Kevin appeared in 15 All-Star Games, and was named to 12 All-NBA Defensive Teams.
The accolades this man received are incredible. What was not so incredible were some of the teammates he was forced to play with during his nearly two-decade long career. Today we will reveal the top 15 worst teammates KG had to play with.
15. Mike Wilks
If you were a fan of the NBA in the 2000s then Mike Wilks likely spent some time playing for your team. Wilks’ career lasted seven seasons, and somehow, he played for 10 teams, and that is not including his stops in Italy and the D-league.
Wilks and KG teamed up for part of the 2003 season when they both played for the Timberwolves. Wilks appeared in 31 games with the Wolves, averaging just over two points and 1.5 assists per game. Mike finally did call it a career after the 2011 season which he spent playing professionally in Poland.
Wilks does get the last laugh though. In 2005 he was part of the San Antonio Spurs team that won the NBA championship, so Wilks will always have that ring to remember his journey through the NBA.
14. Shabazz Muhammad
Muhammad was one of the most highly touted high school players ever. He was expected to be a huge building block for the Timberwolves when they traded for him on draft night in 2013. Muhammad, however, has been a complete bust up to this point, spending most of his young career on the bench and in the D-league.
When Garnett decided to go back and finish his career in Minnesota, the same team that drafted him so many years ago, he wanted to be a leader and a teach for young players like Shabazz. This past season was Muhammad’s first with KG, he says Garnett was a great leader and someone he enjoyed learning from. If Muhammad is ever going to fulfill his potential he could definitely use some of the intensity that Kevin brought to the game.
13. Von Wafer
Talk about a journeyman. Von Wafer has been a professional basketball player for 11 years and has played for 18 different organizations, ranging from NBA, to D-league, and overseas leagues. When Wafer came into the league most scouts were skeptical about his size. He is a slim 6’5″, 200 pound point guard.
Wafer and KG were part of the Boston Celtics team that lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals back in 2011. Wafer played in 58 games that season, starting two of them. Von played only nine minutes per game that season, averaging just over three points per game and less than one rebound and one assist a night. After the season Wafer was not re-signed and some believe it was due to the altercation he and teammate Delonte West got into earlier in the season, I believe it was the three points per game he averaged.
12. Oliver Miller
Miller was drafted in the 1992 draft and had himself a decent little career for about five seasons. The problem with Oliver had always been his weight issues, and in 1997 it appeared he had eaten his way out of the NBA. From 1997-2010 Miller played with 18 different professional basketball franchises.
Included in those 18 franchises was the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2003 the Timberwolves decided to give Miller one last chance at the NBA. Miller had been out of the NBA for three years, playing in China. When the Timberwolves signed him in ’03 he weighed in at 315 pounds. That should have been a red flag from the get go.
In 48 games with the Wolves, Miller averaged just 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds for the team.
11. Michael Olowokandi
In 1998, Michael Olowokandi was the first overall selection in the draft. He was expected to be a rock for the Los Angeles Clippers franchise who desperately needed someone to help lead them. Olowokandi was not that guy. The Clippers gave Michael five seasons to show them he could be an impact player, but he was unable to show it.
After the 2003 season the Clippers allowed Olowokandi to become an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to sign wherever he decided. The Timberwolves, in desperate need of post help for KG decided to give the Kandi-man a shot. Given the starting Center job for most of his time with the Wolves, Michael was only able to post averages of 5.5 points, and 5.6 rebounds per night.