Kevin Garnett needs some help

Declining rebound rates point to a player who can't handle the big-man role alone. Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

Editor's note: This is Insider's weekly series that identifies and analyzes tendencies or trends exhibited by five players.

Numbers alone can't tell you everything you need to know about a player. They can't measure his heart or his leadership or his will to win. They aren't always a good indicator of a player's room for growth and development on the court, or his ability to rise to the occasion with the game on the line.

What numbers can do is uncover new possibilities. They can shatter preconceived notions. They can shift the prism through which we analyze the game. And better yet, they can point out trends that would've otherwise remained under the radar.

In the holiday version of Trend Watch this week, we take a closer look at a pair of future Hall of Famers nearing the twilight of their careers, a young shot-blocker with an improving offensive game and two of the NBA's premier rebounders in very different stages of their development.

Kevin Garnett | PF | Boston Celtics

Trend: Declining rebound and assist totals