In fantasy basketball drafts, a first round pick is supposed to be a sure thing. It is the one player that you are supposed to be able to build a team around and never question their availability for a game. This year, though, some very popular first round picks have run into problems. SG Dwyane Wade has missed countless games due to knee issues, while C Marc Gasol has been still nursing a knee injury of his own.
While some first round picks have struggled to stay on the court, PF Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been one of the safest first rounders from this fall. He is obviously an elite fantasy option, but his recent play has vaulted him into conversation for the fantasy basketball MVP.
Love is currently posting an amazing 25.9 points, which is right behind his career-best of 26 points back in 2011. Love has also recorded a double-double in 25 of his 27 games this year and is currently leading the entire NBA with 13.9 rebounds per game. He has been an absolute machine for fantasy owners this season and some could argue that he is even having a better all-around season than LeBron James.
Even better, Love has somehow extended his jumper. The power forward has previously hit just one three-pointer per game throughout his career, but he is currently hitting 2.5 triples per contest this season. He is shooting from downtown with much more confidence nowadays and his ability to knock down outside shots has only made him more valuable to fantasy owners. There is simply nothing that Love can’t do.
Love will continue to be one of the best players in all of fantasy and the veteran deserves some fantasy MVP votes. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at some of Minnesota’s box scores.