What’s Love Got To Do With It?

One of my co-workers pointed out an interesting yet obvious stat about what appears to be an improving Minnesota Timberwolves squad: They’re tied for last in the NBA in wins with five.

Kevin Love
There's no denying Kevin Love is among the NBA's best big men. Associated Press photo

To me, there seems to be some building blocks worth believing in, despite the very poor 5-17 record entering Friday’s game against Detroit.

The key cog for this team, of course, is power forward Kevin Love. That Wolves record might not impress you, but Love’s 15.6 rebounds per game average should. That’s three more rebounds per game than the next best player (Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah).

To go with that gaudy rebounding number is a scoring average of 20.1 points per game. That’s the second-highest scoring average for any player that is also averaging double digits in rebounds per game (this time, he’s behind Howard).

I’m just wondering where people rank Love among the NBA’s best big men. Is he top five? Top 10?

A quick glance at the NBA stat leaders, and I’d say there aren’t too many centers or power forward I’d rather have than Love if I was building an NBA roster. I’d take Howard for sure over Love. Despite the lack of impressive stats, I’d take Tim Duncan, too. Probably take Amare Stoudemire over him. Possibly Blake Griffin. Am I missing anyone?

I’m left thinking two things: 1) Love is a lot better than I thought. 2) There aren’t too many great post players in the NBA right now.

3 Responses

  1. Fight On Sioux

    D. Howard and B. Griffin over Love for sure. Amare? I’d probably take Love, and I’d definitely take Love over Duncan-that’s a no-brainer at this stage of their respective careers. I’d also take P. Gasol over Love. That being said, Love’s a sure-fire Top 5 big man in the league.

  2. Dan

    A couple other facts about the 22-year-old Love: he’s shooting about 90 percent from the free-throw line and about 40 percent from beyond the 3-point line. These are Larry Bird-type numbers, accept Love gets more rebounds. But the 5-17 mark is indicative of a weak overall team. And they simply haven’t learned how to “finish” those close games.

  3. Brian

    I was very skeptical when the Wolves made the draft night swap of Mayo for Love, but it has turned out great. plus they rid themselves of some bad contracts in the process. The Wolves could have a much better record if they could learn to finish games. Twice in the past two weeks they have blown double digit fourth quarter leads against the Spurs, who are probably playing the best basketball in the NBA aside from the Mavs. I think the Wolves are starting to turn things around and Kevin Love is a huge reason why.

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