Last week, we took a look at the 25 highest-paid players in NBA history and somewhat surprisingly, Kevin Garnett is at the top of the list with a whopping $US315.4 million in career earnings.
While Garnett has always been a very good player, he has never been considered one of the best players of all time.
But from poor SAT scores to NBA rules that were not ready for a game-changing player, Garnett used talent and some good fortune to make more than $US300 million and counting.
Wednesday night Garnett will try and help the Nets beat the Raptors to bring them ahead 3-2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Let’s take a look at how more than once, Garnett was just the right player, in the right place, at the right time.
In 1995, Kevin Garnett was a 6-foot-11, 220-pound senior in high school and it had been 20 years since a high school player went straight to the NBA.
At 19, he chose to enter the NBA draft after failing to reach the minimum score on the SAT necessary for a division I scholarship.
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Ten years later, the NBA banned high school players from the draft and players like Greg Oden and Kevin Durant had to go to college for one year.
Garnett's 3-year, $US5.4 million rookie contract was modest by today's standards and he made just $US1.6 million his rookie season.
Garnett was incredibly lucky to be drafted in 1995 which came during a brief period in which players were granted free agency after just 3 years.
This allowed Garnett to sign a 6-year, $US126 million extension during the 1997-98 season at the age of 21.
With Garnett's contract a major factor, the NBA changed the rules on rookie contracts and put a cap on player salaries, but not until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached following the 1999 lockout.
SOURCE: 'The Wages of Wins'