I understand that Kevin Love is on an absolute tear to start the season, but NBA fans across the world need to stop treating Love like he’s some rookie phenom. The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Love with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft with the hopes that he would someday make every T-Wolves fan forget about Kevin Garnett, who had just been traded from Minnesota to the Boston Celtics the previous July. However, “K-Love” hasn’t exactly replaced the “Big Ticket” like everyone had hoped.
Entering his sixth season in Minnesota, Love had been fielding more doubters than ever as he was coming off a season in which he missed 64 games! Those naysayers were just in their skepticism as the play-making power forward was supposed to be a perennial All-Pro at this stage in his career, and not a 6-foot-10 question mark.
While Love’s early-season success is going to be the talk of the NBA for quite some time and rightfully so; keep in mind that Love was drafted to be a dominant player for the Timberwolves for years to come. Finally, Love is living up to his big expectations as he currently leads the league in points scored, rebounds and field goals attempted.
Now, the big question is whether or not Love can stay healthy as he hasn’t played more than 55 games since his second year in the NBA. One thing is for certain; the Timberwolves will need Love on the floor in order to compete for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference this season.