Celtics announce plans to retire Kevin Garnett’s jersey

The Boston Celtics will retire Kevin Garnett's jersey. (Winslow Townson, File/AP)

The Boston Celtics announced they will retire Kevin Garnett‘s No. 5 jersey during the 2020-21 season.

Garnett, a Basketball Hall of Fame nominee for the class of 2020 who won an NBA Championship with the Celtics in 2008, will become the 24th member of the Celtics organization to have their number hanging from the rafters at TD Garden.

“I’m honoured and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics,” Garnett said in a press release. “I will always have immense respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!”

Garnett joined Boston in a trade leading up to the 2007-08 season that saw him join forces with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, a union that ultimately led the Celtics to their NBA-best 17th championship.

“Kevin gave everything he had to the Celtics in every practice, in every game, and his unique blend of energy, intelligence, and talent brought out the best in his teammates and coaches,” Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations, said in a press release.

In five of the six seasons he played with Boston, Garnett was named an all-star and earned four All-Defensive team awards during that span as well.

As a member of the Celtics, Garnett appeared in 396 games, averaging 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and one block per game.

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