Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce named to SI's All-Decade team

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been awarded a spot on Sports Illustrated's All-Decade team.  Here's what Ian Thomsen had to say about Garnett:
Though Garnett was the 2004 league MVP with Minnesota, he was criticized for failing to lead the undermanned Wolves to an NBA Finals. Those complaints turned into cheers with his trade to the Celtics in 2007, when Garnett joined with Pierce and Ray Allen to lead Boston to its first championship in 22 years. Garnett will go down as one of the great defenders of his era.
And about Pierce:
After reaching the 2002 conference finals as a 24-year-old go-to scorer, Pierce matured -- with the help of coach Doc Rivers -- to become an all-around playmaker while the Celtics were attempting to rebuild with youth. When those youngsters were traded for Garnett and Allen, Pierce was ready to do everything from scoring to creating to defending LeBron on his way to becoming Finals MVP in 2008.
The complete list of the All-Decade team:

PG - Steve Nash
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Lebron James
PF - Tim Duncan
C - Shaquille O'Neal

PG - Jason Kidd
SG - Dwyane Wade
SG - Allen Iverson
SF - Carmelo Anthony
PF - Kevin Garnett
PF - Dirk Nowitzki
SF - Paul Pierce

What, you mean no Antoine Walker?


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