Don’t get me wrong here: Kevin Love can ball.
The Minnesota Timberwolves‘ power forward has a high hoops IQ, can score, rebound and dish the rock. The 6-foot-10, three-time NBA All-Star has averaged 19.2 PPG and 12.2 RPG game during his six seasons with the Timberwolves. In January, I watched him torch the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. In just 29 minutes on the floor, Love poured in 26 points, going 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, and snatched seven rebounds in the T-Wolves’ 106-99 win.
But as good as Love looked on that cold winter night, is he worth the Cleveland Cavaliers giving up Anthony Bennett, their No. 1 overall draft pick last season, Andrew Wiggins, their No. 1 overall pick this season, and a future first-round pick? Is he worth the Chicago Bulls giving up Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler/Doug McDermott and other considerable assets? Is he worth the Golden State Warriors giving up Klay Thompson, David Lee and another key player?
Is he worth the Sixers giving up Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Thaddeus Young, Michael Carter-Williams and one of their first-round picks next season? That last one’s a stretch, but it punctuates my point: Teams around the league are offering a whole lot for Love this offseason. Too much, really.
The big guy’s put up big numbers playing on some bad teams, but he’s never heard a playoff whistle. The T-Wolves’ best record since he arrived from California was last season when they went 40-42. Blame the Western Conference, mismanagement and playing with stiffs, but Love hasn’t even won a division title as a pro. He’s no LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul.
Still, the Cavs are considering giving up high draft picks and dudes like Bennett and Wiggins for him. The Bulls are considering Gibson and McDermott. The Warriors are considering Thompson and Lee. In the case of the Love frenzy in Minnesota, the reward’s good, but it isn’t that good, folks.
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