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28-Year-Old    C,PF    Cleveland Cavaliers

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

20.7

REB

10.8

AST

1.7

STL

0.9

BLK

0.4

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

For the second straight season, Love's production paled in comparison to his pre-Cleveland numbers, but he appeared to grow more comfortable in his role as the third option behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Love thrived early in the season while Irving missed time follow...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Back    EST. RETURN:  1/19/2017
HT: 6' 10"   WT: 251 lbs   DOB: 9/7/1988  College: UCLA
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #5 Overall in 2008   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kevin Love Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Cavaliers in June of 2015.

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Kevin Love NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 81 25.3 11.1 9.1 1.0 0.4 0.6 0.0 45.9 78.9 1.5 3.4 5.7 0.2 10.5 3.9 8.5 3.3 4.1
2009-10 20 60 28.7 14.0 11.0 2.3 0.7 0.4 0.6 45.0 81.5 2.0 3.8 7.2 1.8 33.0 4.9 10.8 3.8 4.6
2010-11 21 MIN 73 35.8 20.2 15.2 2.5 0.6 0.4 1.2 47.0 85.0 2.1 4.5 10.7 2.9 41.7 6.6 14.1 5.8 6.8
2011-12 22 MIN 55 39.0 26.0 13.3 2.0 0.9 0.5 1.9 44.8 82.4 2.3 4.1 9.2 5.1 37.2 8.6 19.3 6.9 8.4
2012-13 23 MIN 18 34.3 18.3 14.0 2.3 0.7 0.5 1.1 35.2 70.4 2.2 3.6 10.4 5.1 21.7 5.8 16.6 5.6 7.9
2013-14 24 CLE 77 36.3 26.1 12.5 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.5 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.6 6.6 37.6 8.4 18.5 6.8 8.2
2013-14 24 MIN 77 36.3 26.1 12.5 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.5 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.6 6.6 37.6 8.4 18.5 6.8 8.2
2013-14 24 CLE/MIN 154 36.3 26.1 12.5 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.5 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.6 6.6 37.6 8.4 18.5 6.8 8.2
2014-15 25 CLE 75 33.8 16.4 9.7 2.2 0.7 0.5 1.9 43.4 80.4 1.6 1.9 7.9 5.2 36.7 5.5 12.7 3.4 4.3
2015-16 26 CLE 77 31.5 16.0 9.9 2.4 0.8 0.5 2.1 41.9 82.2 1.8 1.9 8.0 5.7 36.0 5.3 12.7 3.4 4.1
2016-17 27 CLE 36 31.6 20.7 10.8 1.7 0.9 0.4 2.6 43.2 88.3 2.0 2.5 8.3 6.8 38.2 6.6 15.3 4.8 5.5
Rest Of Season Projections 28 CLE 41 32.5 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kevin Love NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 23.5 9.0 10.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 31.8 100.0 1.0 3.5 7.0 4.0 12.5 3.5 11.0 1.5 1.5
Last 14 Days 6 30.7 14.8 10.2 1.5 0.0 0.2 2.2 34.5 100.0 1.7 2.5 7.7 7.0 31.0 4.8 14.0 3.0 3.0
Last 30 Days 12 30.3 17.5 11.0 1.5 0.5 0.3 2.6 36.0 95.7 1.9 2.4 8.6 7.8 33.3 5.6 15.5 3.8 3.9
Last 5 Games 5 29.6 14.4 9.6 1.4 0.0 0.2 1.8 35.3 100.0 1.2 2.4 7.2 6.6 27.3 4.8 13.6 3.0 3.0
Last 10 Games 10 30.7 17.6 11.1 1.5 0.5 0.2 2.6 36.5 97.1 2.2 2.7 8.4 7.9 32.9 5.8 15.9 3.4 3.5
Last 20 Games 20 31.6 19.8 10.7 1.7 0.8 0.3 2.8 42.0 91.9 2.1 2.2 8.5 7.7 35.9 6.6 15.6 4.0 4.3

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Kevin Love
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Jan 16 @GSW 16 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 6 1 1 0 2 2 1 2
Jan 13 @SAC 31 15 18 1 0 0 2 6 16 2 2 1 6 5 13 1
Jan 11 @POR 28 17 8 1 0 0 1 5 15 4 4 3 9 0 8 0
Jan 10 @UTA 37 12 9 3 0 0 2 4 14 2 2 2 6 0 9 4
Jan 8 @PHO 36 25 10 1 0 1 1 8 17 6 6 3 10 5 5 1
Jan 6 @BKN 36 17 13 2 0 0 4 5 16 3 3 4 9 3 10 2
Jan 4 CHI Did Not Play
Jan 2 NOP 24 12 11 3 1 0 1 5 19 2 3 0 7 3 8 1
Dec 31 @CHA 39 28 10 0 0 0 2 8 20 8 8 4 8 2 8 0
Dec 29 BOS 34 30 15 2 2 0 4 10 22 4 4 6 16 3 12 4
Dec 26 @DET 26 17 14 1 2 1 5 6 14 2 2 3 6 4 10 2
Dec 25 GSW 32 20 6 3 1 0 0 5 13 7 8 3 7 1 5 5
Dec 23 BKN 25 14 15 0 0 1 1 4 14 4 4 2 7 1 14 0
Dec 21 MIL Did Not Play
Dec 20 @MIL Did Not Play
Dec 17 LAL 33 27 17 4 1 0 2 11 20 2 3 3 7 3 14 1
Dec 14 @MEM Did Not Play
Dec 13 MEM 35 29 13 3 2 0 2 9 17 8 8 3 6 3 10 0
Dec 10 CHA 36 22 6 1 3 0 2 7 12 8 10 0 4 1 5 4
Dec 9 MIA 31 28 15 3 1 1 3 11 18 3 4 3 8 5 10 1
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Dec 7 @NYK 27 21 3 2 2 0 2 6 16 5 5 4 12 1 2 0
Dec 5 @TOR 38 28 14 0 0 0 2 8 18 6 6 6 11 2 12 2
Dec 2 @CHI 42 15 9 3 1 1 3 5 14 2 3 3 7 0 9 3
Dec 1 LAC 25 16 4 0 0 0 3 7 11 0 0 2 5 0 4 3
Nov 29 @MIL 31 13 13 2 1 0 1 3 10 5 7 2 7 1 12 2
Nov 27 @PHI 28 25 11 1 0 0 1 6 13 9 9 4 8 3 8 0
Nov 25 DAL 28 27 10 4 3 0 1 8 14 4 4 7 9 1 9 1
Nov 23 POR 32 40 8 3 1 1 1 12 20 8 8 8 12 4 4 2
Nov 18 DET 27 12 13 1 0 0 4 5 10 2 2 0 1 1 12 1
Nov 16 @IND 33 27 16 1 0 0 2 11 23 1 4 4 10 3 13 0
Nov 15 TOR 35 19 13 1 0 3 3 5 16 8 9 1 7 4 9 1
Nov 13 CHA 26 17 11 4 1 0 1 6 10 3 4 2 3 4 7 3
Nov 11 @WAS 34 14 16 1 1 0 3 4 12 6 9 0 1 7 9 4
Nov 8 ATL 38 24 12 3 3 0 2 7 17 10 11 0 4 6 6 4
Nov 5 @PHI 38 20 11 1 0 1 2 8 16 2 3 2 5 1 10 1
Nov 3 BOS 33 26 8 0 0 0 1 5 15 12 13 4 8 2 6 0
Nov 1 HOU 31 24 5 0 2 1 2 9 16 5 5 1 2 1 4 1
Oct 29 ORL 33 19 5 0 0 1 4 6 17 7 7 0 5 3 2 6
Oct 28 @TOR 36 18 10 2 1 1 0 6 15 4 4 2 5 2 8 2
Oct 25 NYK 25 23 12 2 3 0 2 6 15 9 12 2 6 2 10 3
Kevin Love Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kevin Love – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Power Forward
Also Listed As:  #2 Center

1.  Kevin Love

2.  Channing Frye

3.  Richard Jefferson

4.  LeBron James

5.  James Jones

6.  Tristan Thompson

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True Shooting Percentage

58.3%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Kevin Love has a true shooting percentage of 58.3%.

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Projected True Shooting % in 2016-17

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Kevin Love NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 81 36.0 15.8 12.9 1.5 0.6 0.9 0.0 45.9 78.9 2.1 4.8 8.1 0.3 10.5 5.6 12.1 4.7 5.9
2009-10 20 60 36.0 17.6 13.8 2.8 0.9 0.5 0.7 45.0 81.5 2.4 4.7 9.0 2.2 33.0 6.1 13.5 4.7 5.8
2010-11 21 MIN 73 36.0 20.4 15.3 2.5 0.6 0.4 1.2 47.0 85.0 2.1 4.5 10.8 2.9 41.7 6.6 14.1 5.8 6.9
2011-12 22 MIN 55 36.0 24.0 12.3 1.9 0.8 0.5 1.8 44.8 82.4 2.1 3.8 8.5 4.7 37.2 8.0 17.8 6.4 7.7
2012-13 23 MIN 18 36.0 19.2 14.7 2.4 0.8 0.5 1.2 35.2 70.4 2.3 3.7 11.0 5.4 21.7 6.1 17.4 5.8 8.3
2013-14 24 CLE 77 36.0 25.9 12.4 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.4 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.5 6.5 37.6 8.4 18.3 6.7 8.1
2013-14 24 MIN 77 36.0 25.9 12.4 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.4 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.5 6.5 37.6 8.4 18.3 6.7 8.1
2013-14 24 CLE/MIN 154 36.0 25.9 12.4 4.4 0.8 0.5 2.4 45.7 82.1 2.5 2.9 9.5 6.5 37.6 8.4 18.3 6.7 8.1
2014-15 25 CLE 75 36.0 17.5 10.4 2.4 0.7 0.6 2.0 43.4 80.4 1.7 2.0 8.4 5.6 36.7 5.9 13.5 3.7 4.6
2015-16 26 CLE 77 36.0 18.3 11.3 2.7 0.9 0.6 2.3 41.9 82.2 2.1 2.2 9.1 6.5 36.0 6.1 14.5 3.8 4.7
2016-17 27 CLE 36 36.0 23.6 12.3 1.9 1.0 0.4 3.0 43.2 88.3 2.3 2.8 9.4 7.8 38.2 7.5 17.4 5.5 6.2
Rest Of Season Projections 28 CLE 41 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
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Kevin Love NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2008-09 19 81 2048 899 734 84 35 50 2 45.9 78.9 118 274 460 19 10.5 316 688 265 336
2009-10 20 60 1721 842 658 136 43 23 35 45.0 81.5 117 227 431 106 33.0 291 646 225 276
2010-11 21 MIN 73 2611 1476 1112 184 45 28 88 47.0 85.0 155 330 782 211 41.7 482 1026 424 499
2011-12 22 MIN 55 2145 1432 734 111 47 28 105 44.8 82.4 128 226 508 282 37.2 474 1059 379 460
2012-13 23 MIN 18 618 330 252 42 13 9 20 35.2 70.4 39 64 188 92 21.7 105 298 100 142
2013-14 24 CLE 77 2797 2010 963 341 59 35 190 45.7 82.1 196 224 739 505 37.6 650 1421 520 633
2013-14 24 MIN 77 2797 2010 963 341 59 35 190 45.7 82.1 195 224 739 505 37.6 650 1422 520 633
2013-14 24 CLE/MIN 154 5594 4020 1926 682 118 70 380 45.7 82.1 391 448 1478 1010 37.6 1300 2843 1040 1266
2014-15 25 CLE 75 2532 1228 731 168 51 39 144 43.4 80.4 122 142 589 392 36.7 413 952 258 321
2015-16 26 CLE 77 2424 1234 762 185 58 41 158 41.9 82.2 142 149 613 439 36.0 409 977 258 314
2016-17 27 CLE 36 1137 744 387 60 32 13 94 43.2 88.3 72 89 298 246 38.2 238 551 174 197
Rest Of Season Projections 28 CLE 41 1331 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
2016-17 Projections 28 CLE 78 2488 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Kevin Love

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kevin Love NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2008-09 19 81 25.3 53.8 46.1 8.1 11.4 0.7 15.3
2009-10 20 60 28.7 54.9 47.8 13.3 11.5 1.2 19.7
2010-11 21 MIN 73 35.8 59.3 51.3 11.6 9.8 1.2 28.4
2011-12 22 MIN 55 39.0 56.8 49.7 7.4 8.5 0.9 28.3
2012-13 23 MIN 18 34.3 45.8 38.6 9.5 8.8 1.1 20.7
2013-14 24 CLE 77 36.3 59.1 52.4 15.2 8.8 1.7 30.2
2013-14 24 MIN 77 36.3 59.1 52.4 15.2 8.7 1.7 30.2
2013-14 24 CLE/MIN 154 36.3 59.1 52.4 15.2 8.7 1.7 30.2
2014-15 25 CLE 75 33.8 56.2 50.9 12.1 8.8 1.4 19.9
2015-16 26 CLE 77 31.5 55.3 49.9 12.8 9.8 1.3 19.7
2016-17 27 CLE 36 31.6 58.3 51.7 7.8 9.4 0.8 23.0
Rest Of Season Projections 28 CLE 41 32.5 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
2016-17 Projections 28 CLE 78 31.9 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Kevin Love

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kevin Love: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Love (back) will play in Thursday's game against the Suns, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Love is experiencing lower-back soreness and won't return for the second half of Monday's game against the Warriors, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

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Love recorded 15 points (6-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 18 rebounds and one assist across 31 minutes in a 120-108 win over the Kings on Friday.

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Love exited Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers in the second quarter after knocking knees, but returned to the bench shortly thereafter, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. He returned to the floor later in the quarter, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

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Love scored 25 points (8-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT) to go with 10 rebounds, one block and one assist across 36 minutes during Sunday's 120-116 win over the Suns.

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Love posted 17 points (5-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes Friday during a 116-108 win over the Nets.

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Love (illness) will play Friday against the Nets, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

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Love (illness) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Bulls, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Love (illness) was only a partial participant in the Cavs' morning shootaround and remains questionable to play Wednesday against the Bulls, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Love has been dealing with a case of food poisoning over the last two days, Cavaliers television play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod reports.

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Love fell ill during the final minutes of Monday's 90-82 win over the Pelicans and didn't return to the contest, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

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Love scored 28 points (8-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT) while adding 10 rebounds across 39 minutes during Saturday's 121-109 win over the Hornets.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Despite being on a team that won more games in one season than he had won in his first six years in the NBA, there was an air of disappointment that surrounded Kevin Love's first season in Cleveland. As the third option on the offense, Love's point production fell to 16.4 points, his lowest average since his second season in the league. He also failed to average double-digit rebounds (9.7 per game) for the first time since his rookie year. Love's other numbers – 34 minutes, 75 games, 43 percent from the field, 80 percent from the line, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks – were reasonably similar to his career averages. The former Timberwolf did not get much of a taste of the playoffs as he suffered a separated shoulder in the first round against the Celtics and did not come back. He should be ready for the 2015-16 regular season. The big question in his second season in Cleveland is whether LeBron James and Kyrie Irving can better incorporate the 6-10 forward into the offense. Love will likely get more accustomed to his role in the defense and may get more touches within the arc (he took more than 40 percent of his shots from three-point land) to improve his overall effectiveness.

2014-15

After spending six playoff-less years in Minnesota, Kevin Love seems like a shoe-in to make the postseason for the first time after coming to Cleveland. The three-time All-Star joined the Cavaliers in a three-team deal that sent number one picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to the land of 10,000 lakes. Love is coming off perhaps his finest NBA season. The 25-year-old was able to play a career-high 77 games while playing 36 minutes per game last season, averaging 26.1 points, 2.5 three-pointers, 12.5 rebounds (third best average in the league), and a career-high 4.4 assists to go along with 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks. He converted 46 percent of his field goals, 38 percent from long range, and 82 percent from the charity stripe. While his numbers won't dip as much as Chris Bosh's did when Bosh went from Toronto to Miami, it seems unlikely that Love will be able to launch 18 shots and more than six three-pointers per game this season. Playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will mean fewer offensive opportunities for the 6-10 forward, but there is a strong chance that his efficiency will improve greatly. Cleveland is not very deep in the frontcourt, so Love could see minutes at both power forward and center when coach David Blatt goes with a small-ball lineup.

2013-14

Love battled through injuries with his hand and wrist, limiting his efficiency and ending his season early. In 2011-12, the forward averaged 26.0 points (45 percent from the field), 13.3 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers made. While he managed to play just 18 games last season, he finished with averages of 18.3 points (35 percent from the field), 14.0 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers made. News regarding his recovery status over the summer has been optimistic for the most part, and it would not be unreasonable to expect Love to have a monster bounce-back season. His lack of contribution in traditional power forward categories such as field goal percentage and blocks are well made up by his magnitude of points and rebounds, along with his ability to hit three-pointers. Love should be considered a first-round pick in almost all fantasy formats, and as long as he can remain healthy, he should return to being the elite fantasy option he once was. With fellow teammate Ricky Rubio manning the offense at the point guard position, and with rising center Nikola Pekovic forcing defensive pressure down low, Love will get enough touches and opportunities to put up strong fantasy numbers overall.

2012-13

It seemed Love had established his fantasy value in 2010-11, when he averaged 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds. How does it get better than that? How does six more points per game sound? Love built on his breakout 2010-11 season with even better production during the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, increasing his scoring average to 26.0 per game while not sacrificing too much in the way of rebounding (13.3). The presence of Nikola Pekovic lightened Love’s burden on the glass, allowing him to increase his 3-point attempts (5.1 per game). As a three-category (scoring, rebounding, three-pointers) monster, Love is a no-brainer first-round selection in fantasy drafts. However, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered in traditional big-man categories in which Love doesn’t do well. He managed just 0.5 blocks per game, and his shooting percentage dipped below 45 percent (44.8) for the first time in his career. Health-wise, Love was limited to 55 games (of a possible 66) because of a concussion. Obviously, we saw him playing in the Olympic Games, so that episode is no longer an issue. Though concussions do have a way of recurring.

2011-12

Of all the players in the NBA who took a jump in fantasy value last season, Love might have made the biggest leap. A solid mid-round investment after his first two productive seasons with the Timberwolves, Love has developed into a fantasy stud that will be selected in the top-10 of nearly every draft this year. Powered by a streak of 53 consecutive games with a double-double, Love posted averages of 20.2 points and a league-leading 15.2 rebounds, making him the first NBA player to average 20 points and 15 rebounds since Moses Malone accomplished the feat during the 1982-83 season. While Love is an absolute monster on the glass, he doesn't do well in the other traditional big man stats, as his 47.0 percent from the floor and 0.4 blocks per game leave a lot to be desired from a power forward. Fortunately Love makes up for his lack of production in those areas by posting a strong free throw percentage (85.0) and hitting 1.2 three-pointers per game. His strength in scoring, rebounding and three-pointers already make him first-round option in fantasy, and if Love can ever develop his defensive game, he could one day challenge to be at the top of the heap.

2010-11

Love is generally regarded as one of the top young bigs in the league, though we can't help but wonder if he'll ever reach that potential under Minnesota's current regime. Love's minutes – and by extension, his numbers – were badly limited last season by his team's decision that he and teammate Al Jefferson didn't have enough size to man the power forward and center spots at the same time. Jefferson is gone now, but he's been replaced by another undersized power forward in Michael Beasley, and team management committed big dollars to centers Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic – so playing Love at the pivot seems unlikely. Even as a reserve, Love will have fantasy value; he averaged a double-double last season despite the inconsistent playing time, is one of the league's better passers out of the high post, can hit the occasional three and is very good from the free throw line (81.5 FT% in 2009-10). We'd love to see what he can do given starter's minutes on a consistent basis – we just hope David Kahn and Kurt Rambis share our curiosity.

2009-10

Love entered his rookie season with a few questions about how well his game would translate at the NBA level, but his consistent play has answered them so far. Love started the season coming off the bench, but was bumped to the starting lineup after Al Jefferson sustained a season-ending knee injury in February. Love seized the opportunity, averaging 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 37 games as a starter. Jefferson is expected to be back at full strength when camp opens, but Love should stick with the starting unit, sliding over to power forward. The presence of Jefferson in the lineup should benefit Love’s offensive attack, as opposing teams will be more focused on stopping Big Al on the block. While Love will be a solid source of points and rebounds, it remains to be seen how much he’ll contribute on the defensive end. He plays steady defense, and he’s usually in the right position due to his high basketball IQ, but he lacks the athleticism to rack up many blocks or steals. Despite his defensive limitations, Love should improve during his sophomore campaign. Minnesota is in rebuilding mode, and Love is one of the centerpieces, teaming with Jefferson as the building blocks of the frontcourt.

2008-09

Love was the subject of much debate all winter. He was an outstanding college player, no doubt, with excellent size and an outstanding feel for the game. But his athleticism – and generally pudgy appearance – gave doubters plenty of ammunition. But Love’s “measurables” impressed at the pre-draft workouts, and he shot up the draft boards – eventually landing in the fifth-overall slot. The late draft night trade that sent Love to from Memphis to Minnesota puts him in good position to succeed – he’ll have big man Al Jefferson to handle the heavy lifting in the paint and Mike Miller on the receiving end of his passes out of the high post. We envision him as a poor man’s Chris Webber – a big man who will score and rebound well, but whose biggest fantasy asset will be a surprisingly high assist total.

2007-08

Love should emerge as a starter for Minnesota early in the season at center next to Al Jefferson. The T-Wolves thought enough of his skills that they traded No. 3 overall pick O.J. Mayo for him in a draft-day deal that also returned Mike Miller. Love may have a limited scoring game initially, as the T-Wolves have raved about his passing skills and may play farther outside of the lane than most true centers. He could develop into a poor man's Chris Webber – a big man who will score and rebound well, but whose biggest fantasy asset will be a surprisingly high assist total.