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3. Kevin Garnett (1986)
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  Tale of the Tape
  Caldwell Jones Rick Mahorn
Pos C-F C-F
Height 6-11 6-10
Weight 217 240
Draft 1973 (32nd) 1980 (35th)
Debut Oct 22, 1976 Oct 10, 1980
Years 14 18
All-Star 0 0
All-NBA 0 0
All-Def 2 (2/0) 1 (0/1)
MVP 0 0
Champ 0 1
HoF No No
Adjusted Win Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Caldwell Jones Rick Mahorn
1 5.5 6.2
2 5.2 5.9
3 5.0 5.9
4 4.4 5.3
5 4.1 4.8
6 3.9 4.6
7 3.1 4.4
8 2.7 3.6
9 2.6 2.5
10 2.5 2.3
11 2.3 1.8
12 1.3 1.3
13 0.9 1.2
14 0.8 0.9
15 0.5
16 0.3
17 0.1
18 -0.1
Wt Sum** 34.1 39.6

* Adjusted for schedule length
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  Caldwell Jones Rick Mahorn
G 1068 1117
MP 26474 25779
PTS 6589 7763
TRB 7663 6957
AST 1347 1082
STL 480 633
BLK 1517 1007
TOV 1596 1456
 Per Game
MP 24.8 23.1
PTS 6.2 6.9
TRB 7.2 6.2
AST 1.3 1.0
STL 0.4 0.6
BLK 1.4 0.9
TOV 1.6 1.3
 Shooting
FG% .473 .493
3P% .065 .132
eFG% .474 .493
FT% .753 .704
TS% .526 .535
 Advanced
PER 10.4 11.6
TRB% 15.6 15.0
AST% 6.3 5.8
STL% 0.8 1.2
BLK% 3.1 2.3
TOV% 21.6 16.7
USG% 12.0 14.2
ORtg 100 103
DRtg 102 103
OWS 5.0 10.5
DWS 39.3 41.2
WS 44.3 51.7
WS/48 .080 .096

123 ≡ incomplete data

  Playoffs
  Caldwell Jones Rick Mahorn
G 119 106
MP 3466 2429
PTS 814 612
TRB 999 579
AST 147 72
STL 51 42
BLK 223 63
TOV 157 93
 Per Game
MP 29.1 22.9
PTS 6.8 5.8
TRB 8.4 5.5
AST 1.2 0.7
STL 0.4 0.4
BLK 1.9 0.6
TOV 1.6 0.9
 Shooting
FG% .484 .472
3P% .000 .000
eFG% .484 .472
FT% .759 .750
TS% .533 .514
 Advanced
PER 11.0 9.4
TRB% 15.5 13.9
AST% 5.5 4.4
STL% 0.7 0.9
BLK% 3.5 1.7
TOV% 18.8 13.5
USG% 11.6 12.5
ORtg 104 105
DRtg 102 106
OWS 1.7 0.7
DWS 4.9 3.6
WS 6.5 4.3
WS/48 .090 .085

123 ≡ incomplete data