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.
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.