There’s not much that Kevin Love can’t do on the court.
On Sunday, that was especially evident, as Love put up 30 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out four assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis (10-13) was led by Mike Conley, who had 28 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Love, arguably the most underrated player in the NBA, is helping the Timberwolves (12-12) to stay in the playoff race. He is averaging 25 points per game (tied with LeBron James for third in the NBA) and leads the league with 13.6 rebounds. In addition, he shoots close to 40 percent on 3-point attempts and has a solid free throw percentage (83.4), especially for a power forward. His consistency is remarkable, as he leads the NBA in double-doubles, posting 21 out of the 23 games he has played this season.
With the exception of LeBron, Love is the most versatile big man in the game. The fact that he can rebound so well and be a threat beyond the three-point line makes him a nightmare for any defender to cover. He also knows how to get his teammates involved, averaging four assists per game.
Despite his outstanding numbers, Love is near the bottom on most “expert” MVP lists. He is overshadowed by players such as Kevin Durant, James and Chris Paul. While those players certainly deserve to be mentioned as premier candidates, I believe that Love should at least be among the top five nominees. His stats are comparable to any of those players, and there is no question that he means the most to his team.
Perhaps later in the season, people will start realizing just how good Love is.