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Kevin Garnett's top ten plays during his fantastic career

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Kevin Garnett retired yesterday and leaves the NBA with a legacy that will be hard to equal, let alone beat. 

He single-handedly dragged the Minnesota Timberwolves to relevancy in the the league throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s - reaching their peak in 2004 when he was named Most Valuable Player and led the team to the Western Conference finals. 

Alongside Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan he's a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the greatest frontcourt players in the modern era. 

He was unfortunately never able to lead the Timberwolves to a title but got his hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2008 as part of the 'big three' with the Boston Celtics. 

Following his retirement after a 21-year career that saw him enter the NBA from high school, there are a number of highlights from his time in the league that produced 15 All-Star games, one MVP award, one title and one Defensive Player of the Year award. 

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The NBA have put together a video of his top ten moments and they include some highlight plays that will never be forgotten by fans of the Celtics or Timberwolves. 

Those plays include his game-winning steal against the T-Wolves as the Boston Celtics closed out a close 87-86 win at TD Garden. Having been injured before the game, 'The Big Ticket' showed his usual heart, desire and hustle up until the very end. 

The clip also has some incredibly clutch shots, including a game-winning fadeaway jumper against the Detroit Pistons during his first spell in Minnesota, his memorable banked jump shot and-one against the Lakers in the NBA finals and his alley-oop slam on Tim Duncan.

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Of course, a number of his huge posterizing slams are missing from the collection - they couldn't all be included - but there are a number of great ones, alongside some big dunks. 

But the play that epitomised what Garnett stood for throughout his career, and rightfully took the top spot, was the passage of play that saw him block a shot, rebound the ball and then head up the other end and throw down a vicious dunk.

Minnesota Timberwolves fans will sorely miss KG, but so will the rest of the NBA. For many fans, his retirement alongside Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan signals the end of an era, but his legend will live on.

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