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One-man revolution

Kevin Garnett's inspired a radical player-evaluation movement in the NBA

Updated: August 13, 2012, 4:38 PM ET
By Jason Schwartz | ESPN The Magazine
Kevin GarnettBrian Babineau/Getty ImagesKG's fire makes him one of the game's most valuable defenders.

REALLY, IT WAS JUST A SMALL THING: During the second quarter of a January game against Orlando, Kevin Garnett pushed Dwight Howard out of the paint. A moment later, as the Magic center reached up to catch an entry pass, Garnett shoved him even farther from the hoop. Howard took two dribbles, got stuck and kicked it out to Hedo Turkoglu. When the forward tried to send it back to his big man, KG knocked the ball away, sprinted down the court, took the pass under the hoop and, as three defenders converged on him, kicked it out to Brandon Bass for a wide-open jumper. Swish.