There are players that just set the table and become the most influential ballers of their times, making thousands of fathers name their children out of them to try and pay their respects to them and even hope their kids would be nearly as talented as them.
For instance, could you imagine how many kids were named Michael between 1990 and 2000 thanks to Jordan? How many Bills for Bill Russell and the list could go on and we would just never finish.
One of the names that have really left a footprint in the NBA is “Kevin”, with at least one incredibly talented Kevin in the league for years, with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love being the most recent members of this club.
So, could you imagine an all-time team featuring just players that share the same name even if they didn’t play at the same time? For the sake of the argument, let’s go ahead and introduce our All-Kevin NBA team.
PG: Kevin Johnson
Few people remember Kevin Johnson nowadays, but he was a flat-out shooting machine at the point guard spot that even made 3 All-Stars and 5 All-NBA teams, posting career averages of 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 9.1 dimes a game to go along with 1.5 steals.
Playing for the Cavs and Suns over a 13 season span, Johnson found his way to the Most Improved Player award and retired with a total shooting percentage of .585, recording over 13 thousand career points.
SG: Kevin Durant
If you’re watching Kevin Durant, you’re witnessing history in the making. KD’s already the best shooting big man in the history of this game, is a terrific rebounder and passer and has even made a case for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year this season.
Winner of 1 NBA Championship, 1 Finals MVP, 1 MVP, 4 Scoring Titles, 1 Rookie of the Year and 9 All-Star appearances, Durant has averaged 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in 49% shooting, 38% from beyond the arc and 88% from the charity stripe.
SF: Kevin Love
Kevin Love has learned to embrace a lesser role with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being the Minnesota Timberwolves’ go-to-guy throughout the first passages of his career when he proved to be one of the most dominant rebounders in the game.
Love has vastly improved his defense and overall basketball IQ, and he’s as reliable as the best shooting guards when it comes to hitting from beyond the three-point line. Already an NBA Champion, he has also made 5 All-Stars, won the MIP, led the league in boards during the 2010-11 campaign and has posted averages of 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds on 44% from the floor.
PF: Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale was one of the first players to prove that you didn’t need to be a starter to be one of the most important players in the game, and he’s considered to have one of the best footwork and post moves basketball has ever seen, leading the way in the elbow for the Celtics over a 13 season span.
McHale won a couple of Sixth Man of the Year awards, made it to 7 All-Stars and made 6 All-Defensive squads en route to 3 NBA Championships and the Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, he averaged 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks per game on 55% shooting.
C: Kevin Garnett
And we got Kevin Garnett as our defensive anchor and rim protector, one of the fiercest competitors of the prior generation of great basketball players, and one of the few players that can brag about being as important in the defensive end of the floor as he was on offense on a nightly basis.
The Big Ticket was an extremely passionate leader, making it to 15 All-Stars, winning 1 Defensive Player of the Year award, leading the league in total boards in 4 different seasons, 12-time All-Defensive squad, 1 time MVP and eventually an NBA Champion. Throughout his great career, KG averaged 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, 3.7 dimes and 1.3 blocks a contest.
6th Man: Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin didn’t get the credit he deserved during his playing career because of how inconsistent he could be at times due to the lack of rhythm and his proneness to get hurt, but he was one of the best shooters in the league during his prime and could score in bunches.
Martin would be a great fit as the team’s go-to-guy off the bench, as he could get hot in a heartbeat and was just light outs from beyond the arc when he found his stroke. Playing for the Kings, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Spurs, K-Mart left career averages of 17.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals on 43% from the floor and 38% from distance.