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2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

15.8

REB

10.4

AST

2.4

STL

0.9

BLK

0.6

2015-16 NBA ROS Projections

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 po...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Shoulder    EST. RETURN:  2/18/2016
HT: 6' 9"   WT: 270 lbs   DOB: 9/7/1988  College: University of California Los Angeles
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #5 Overall in 2008   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Cavaliers in June 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 50 32.4 15.8 10.4 2.4 0.9 0.6 2.1 41.9 79.9 1.9 2.2 8.2 5.7 36.7 5.4 12.8 3.0 3.8
Rest Of Season Projections 27 CLE 30 33.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
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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 3 28.7 11.0 7.7 1.7 0.7 1.0 2.0 31.3 87.5 1.0 1.0 6.7 6.3 31.6 3.3 10.7 2.3 2.7
Last 14 Days 7 32.0 17.6 8.4 2.4 0.9 1.1 2.7 43.8 90.9 1.0 1.3 7.1 6.4 42.2 6.0 13.7 2.9 3.1
Last 30 Days 15 32.3 14.8 9.7 1.8 1.0 0.7 2.3 40.9 80.0 1.7 1.5 8.2 6.0 37.8 5.1 12.4 2.4 3.0
Last 5 Games 5 31.8 14.6 8.4 2.0 0.8 1.2 2.2 41.7 85.7 1.2 1.2 7.2 6.0 36.7 5.0 12.0 2.4 2.8
Last 10 Games 10 32.6 16.6 8.6 2.3 1.0 0.8 2.4 44.2 80.0 1.4 1.3 7.3 6.3 38.1 5.7 12.9 2.8 3.5
Last 20 Games 20 32.2 14.5 10.1 2.1 1.1 0.8 2.0 40.6 78.7 1.7 1.9 8.2 5.3 37.7 4.8 11.7 3.0 3.8

 

2015-16 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
2016-2Feb 8 SAC 28 11 6 2 0 0 2 2 10 5 6 2 6 1 5 2
2016-2Feb 6 NOP Did Not Play
2016-2Feb 5 BOS 22 10 5 2 0 1 0 4 10 0 0 2 6 1 4 0
2016-2Feb 3 @CHA 36 12 12 1 2 2 1 4 12 2 2 2 7 1 11 1
2016-2Feb 1 @IND 42 19 8 2 2 2 2 7 15 3 4 2 5 0 8 4
2016-1Jan 30 SAS 31 21 11 3 0 1 1 8 13 2 2 3 6 3 8 2
2016-1Jan 29 @DET 37 29 6 3 0 0 0 9 19 6 6 5 7 0 6 3
2016-1Jan 27 PHO 28 21 11 4 2 2 1 8 17 2 2 3 8 3 8 2
2016-1Jan 25 MIN 36 11 6 2 2 0 1 5 11 0 1 1 7 1 5 3
2016-1Jan 23 CHI 33 14 5 2 1 0 1 6 12 1 4 1 5 1 4 3
2016-1Jan 21 LAC 33 18 16 2 1 0 5 4 10 7 8 3 6 2 14 3
2016-1Jan 20 @BKN 31 17 18 0 2 0 4 5 10 6 8 1 3 0 18 3
2016-1Jan 18 GSW 21 3 6 2 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 1 3 1 5 1
2016-1Jan 15 @HOU 33 11 13 1 3 0 5 4 13 0 0 3 8 3 10 2
2016-1Jan 14 @SAS 37 10 12 1 0 0 2 4 10 0 0 2 4 0 12 3
2016-1Jan 12 @DAL 37 15 11 0 0 2 0 5 19 2 2 3 9 6 5 3
2016-1Jan 10 @PHI 37 15 15 6 2 0 3 5 11 4 7 1 4 4 11 3
2016-1Jan 8 @MIN 31 20 9 4 0 1 0 4 11 10 11 2 4 1 8 1
2016-1Jan 6 @WAS 29 8 9 0 2 1 2 4 10 0 0 0 1 5 4 3
2016-1Jan 4 TOR 33 14 9 2 2 3 1 4 11 4 4 2 5 4 5 3
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2016-1Jan 2 ORL 29 10 13 2 1 0 1 2 5 5 8 1 2 1 12 1
2015-12Dec 29 @DEN 36 8 14 1 2 0 1 4 16 0 2 0 5 1 13 2
2015-12Dec 28 @PHO 25 16 7 4 0 0 1 6 11 1 1 3 6 2 5 4
2015-12Dec 26 @POR 20 13 5 0 0 0 2 4 9 1 3 4 7 1 4 0
2015-12Dec 25 @GSW 39 10 18 4 0 2 1 5 16 0 0 0 5 3 15 2
2015-12Dec 23 NYK 34 23 13 2 0 0 1 8 17 5 7 2 6 2 11 1
2015-12Dec 20 PHI 22 10 5 1 1 0 2 2 4 5 6 1 2 0 5 4
2015-12Dec 17 OKC 32 11 7 5 2 0 3 4 10 1 1 2 5 1 6 2
2015-12Dec 15 @BOS 34 20 8 5 1 2 2 7 16 3 4 3 7 1 7 0
2015-12Dec 11 @ORL 28 8 13 6 2 0 0 2 6 3 4 1 3 3 10 0
2015-12Dec 8 POR 30 18 4 4 4 0 1 5 12 8 10 0 1 2 2 0
2015-12Dec 5 @MIA 22 5 8 2 0 0 3 2 11 1 1 0 4 3 5 2
2015-12Dec 4 @NOP 37 15 10 1 2 0 1 6 16 3 5 0 5 3 7 1
2015-12Dec 1 WAS 33 8 8 0 1 0 0 2 9 4 4 0 3 1 7 0
2015-11Nov 28 BKN 34 26 7 2 0 1 3 8 14 4 4 6 11 0 7 4
2015-11Nov 27 @CHA 30 18 16 1 0 0 2 7 12 2 2 2 3 4 12 0
2015-11Nov 25 @TOR 35 21 13 2 0 0 3 7 14 2 4 5 8 3 10 5
2015-11Nov 23 ORL 34 34 8 4 0 1 2 11 18 6 7 6 9 0 8 1
2015-11Nov 21 ATL 31 25 11 2 1 1 3 9 15 5 6 2 7 2 9 4
2015-11Nov 19 MIL 34 22 15 1 1 1 4 7 15 5 5 3 5 5 10 3
2015-11Nov 17 @DET 34 19 9 3 1 0 4 7 13 4 4 1 4 0 9 4
2015-11Nov 14 @MIL 44 24 14 2 1 0 2 8 18 4 6 4 9 2 12 2
2015-11Nov 13 @NYK 34 7 11 2 1 0 3 2 10 2 4 1 5 6 5 3
2015-11Nov 10 UTA 40 22 8 3 2 0 2 6 16 6 6 4 10 2 6 2
2015-11Nov 8 IND 39 22 19 2 0 3 2 9 18 2 2 2 6 4 15 3
2015-11Nov 6 PHI 34 12 14 2 2 0 5 5 16 0 0 2 10 5 9 2
2015-11Nov 4 NYK 32 11 12 1 0 0 1 4 13 1 2 2 6 2 10 0
2015-11Nov 2 @PHI 29 15 8 2 0 0 2 7 14 1 1 0 4 1 7 2
2015-10Oct 30 MIA 33 24 14 5 0 1 0 6 15 9 9 3 7 6 8 2
2015-10Oct 28 @MEM 29 17 13 3 0 0 3 7 14 1 1 2 7 2 11 2
2015-10Oct 27 @CHI 35 18 8 4 0 2 2 6 17 3 3 3 7 4 4 0
Kevin Love Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kevin Love – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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1.  Kevin Love

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4.  LeBron James

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True Shooting Percentage

54.8%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Kevin Love has a true shooting percentage of 54.8%.

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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 50 36.0 17.6 11.6 2.6 1.0 0.7 2.3 41.9 79.9 2.1 2.4 9.2 6.3 36.7 6.0 14.2 3.4 4.2
Rest Of Season Projections 27 CLE 30 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 27 CLE 76 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 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 50 1619 791 521 118 46 30 104 41.9 79.9 94 109 412 283 36.7 268 639 151 189
Rest Of Season Projections 27 CLE 30 992 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 27 CLE 76 2614 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Kevin Love

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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 50 32.4 54.8 50.1 12.6 10.1 1.3 20.1
Rest Of Season Projections 27 CLE 30 33.1 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 27 CLE 76 34.4 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Kevin Love

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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

Love suffered a shoulder contusion in Wednesday's game the Lakers according to Cavaliers PR, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

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Love will not return to Wednesday's game against the Lakers after suffering a shoulder injury, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports.

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Love (quad) provided 11 points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, and two assists over 28 minutes in Monday's 120-100 win over the Kings.

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Love (quad) will play Monday against the Kings, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Love (quad) is probable to play Monday against the Kings, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Love (thigh) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Pelicans with what is being labeled as a left quad contusion, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.

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Love (thigh) is questionable to play Saturday against the Pelicans, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.

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Love (thigh) hopes to play in Saturday's game against the Pelicans, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

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Love won't return to Friday's matchup with the Celtics due to a left thigh bruise, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Love netted 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals during 42 minutes in Monday's 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers.

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Love tallied 21 points (8-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and a block over 31 minutes in Saturday's 117-103 victory over the Spurs.

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Love posted 29 points (9-19 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 37 minutes during the Cavaliers' 114-106 win over the Pistons on Friday.

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2015-16

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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.