"I've got to be better with what I'm doing, making my minutes more productive," Garnett said, according to the New York Daily News. "I'm just being a little more passive, trying to be the glue if you will.
"I need to be a little more aggressive at times. I don't really think about the offense. Defense is where I'm trying to make sure that we're cohesive and we will."
Garnett, 37, is averaging 7.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25 minutes in the first three games of the season. He is shooting just 33 percent from the field (10-for-30). He is 0-for-5 inside the restricted area.
Garnett has said he wants to help transform the Nets in to one of the top defenses in the NBA. They currently rank tied for 23rd in defensive efficiency with the Denver Nuggets.
"You know he's unselfish to a fault, and for coaches and teammates, we like for him to be aggressive, to look at the basket, but that's his makeup," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "He thinks teammate first and so, listen this is a new group and he has to find his spots and I trust that he will."