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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

17.0

REB

10.2

AST

2.3

STL

0.7

BLK

0.4

2014-15 NBA ROS Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 Be...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Illness    EST. RETURN:  3/3/2015
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 four-year, $61 million extension in Jan. 2012, that includes an option for him to opt out after three years.

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Love (illness) missed shootaround but is considered probable to play Tuesday against Boston, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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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 58 34.6 17.0 10.2 2.3 0.7 0.4 1.8 42.9 80.9 1.6 2.0 8.2 5.1 35.4 5.7 13.2 3.9 4.8
Rest Of Season Projections 26 CLE 18 33.5 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 26 CLE 73 36.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kevin Love

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 4 35.5 19.5 8.3 2.5 0.8 0.5 3.8 42.2 90.0 0.8 1.0 7.3 8.5 44.1 6.8 16.0 2.3 2.5
Last 14 Days 6 33.5 17.0 9.2 2.3 1.0 0.3 2.8 43.0 78.6 0.7 1.3 7.8 7.0 40.5 6.2 14.3 1.8 2.3
Last 30 Days 11 32.0 16.4 9.4 2.5 0.8 0.4 2.6 44.0 77.1 0.8 1.1 8.3 6.0 43.9 5.6 12.8 2.5 3.2
Last 5 Games 5 34.2 18.8 9.8 2.2 0.6 0.4 3.4 43.6 90.0 0.6 1.0 8.8 7.8 43.6 6.8 15.6 1.8 2.0
Last 10 Games 10 31.9 17.5 8.8 2.6 0.8 0.3 2.8 45.5 75.8 0.8 0.9 7.9 6.4 43.8 6.1 13.4 2.5 3.3
Last 20 Games 20 32.7 15.7 9.9 2.5 0.7 0.4 2.2 41.6 78.7 1.2 1.8 8.1 5.8 37.4 5.3 12.8 3.0 3.8

 

Kevin Love Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Friday at Atlanta Hawks Only available to RotoWire subscribers.

 

Kevin Love – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

55.6%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Kevin Love has a true shooting percentage of 55.6%.

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True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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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 58 36.0 17.7 10.6 2.4 0.8 0.5 1.9 42.9 80.9 1.7 2.1 8.6 5.3 35.4 5.9 13.7 4.0 5.0
Rest Of Season Projections 26 CLE 18 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 26 CLE 73 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kevin Love

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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 58 2008 986 594 136 42 26 105 42.9 80.9 93 117 477 297 35.4 328 764 225 278
Rest Of Season Projections 26 CLE 18 602 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 26 CLE 73 2635 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 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 58 34.6 55.6 49.8 12.2 8.3 1.5 20.7
Rest Of Season Projections 26 CLE 18 33.5 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kevin Love
Preseason Projections 26 CLE 73 36.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kevin Love

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kevin Love 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Mar 1 at HOU 35 21 6 3 0 0 1 8 19 2 2 3 8 2 4 4
Feb 27 at IND 36 17 10 3 2 2 0 6 19 4 4 1 7 2 8 3
Feb 26 GSW 37 16 8 1 0 0 2 5 10 3 4 3 5 0 8 2
Feb 24 at DET 34 24 9 3 1 0 0 8 16 0 0 8 14 0 9 2
Feb 22 at NYK 29 16 16 1 0 0 0 7 14 0 0 2 5 1 15 0
Feb 20 at WAS 30 8 6 3 3 0 1 3 8 2 4 0 3 3 3 1
Feb 12 at CHI                                
Feb 11 MIA 20 12 6 4 2 1 0 5 8 1 2 1 4 1 5 1
Feb 8 LAL 35 32 10 3 0 0 1 11 18 3 5 7 8 0 10 2
Feb 6 at IND 34 5 8 2 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 4 0 8 4
Feb 5 LAC 29 24 9 3 0 0 3 6 14 10 12 2 6 0 9 2
Feb 2 PHI 33 5 15 2 1 1 1 1 7 2 2 1 2 3 12 1
Jan 31 at MIN 36 14 17 3 0 0 2 6 14 1 4 1 5 6 11 1
Jan 30 SAC 29 23 10 3 0 0 2 9 17 3 3 2 5 1 9 2
Jan 28 POR 39 10 12 2 0 0 0 3 15 2 2 2 8 2 10 1
Jan 27 at DET 32 7 8 4 0 0 0 3 11 0 0 1 8 0 8 2
Jan 25 OKC 36 19 13 1 0 1 3 6 10 2 4 5 7 3 10 1
Jan 23 CHA 30 9 3 3 1 1 1 3 7 3 4 0 0 1 2 1
Jan 21 UTA 33 19 13 2 1 2 2 7 15 4 4 1 7 5 8 2
Jan 19 CHI 30 16 12 2 1 0 3 3 13 9 10 1 3 5 7 4
Jan 16 at LAC                                
Jan 15 at LAL 37 17 7 1 1 0 1 4 12 8 9 1 6 1 6 2
Jan 13 at PHO 27 9 9 0 0 1 1 3 11 2 2 1 5 6 3 1
Jan 11 at SAC 35 25 10 3 1 1 4 10 21 2 3 3 9 1 9 1
Jan 9 at GSW 38 17 14 1 1 0 1 6 11 4 4 1 2 3 11 1
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Jan 7 HOU 39 17 16 4 0 0 1 7 19 3 6 0 3 3 13 3
Jan 5 at PHI 37 28 19 2 2 0 3 8 18 11 13 1 6 4 15 1
Jan 4 DAL 32 30 10 3 1 1 2 11 21 5 6 3 7 6 4 1
Jan 2 at CHA 38 27 5 1 0 1 1 9 15 6 10 3 4 0 5 3
Dec 31 MIL                                
Dec 30 at ATL 24 7 7 1 2 0 1 1 8 4 4 1 1 1 6 1
Dec 28 DET 34 20 10 1 0 1 2 9 19 1 2 1 7 2 8 2
Dec 26 at ORL 33 22 7 2 0 0 2 7 17 5 5 3 8 1 6 1
Dec 25 at MIA 39 14 5 3 1 1 2 5 13 4 4 0 4 1 4 0
Dec 23 MIN 36 20 10 4 0 0 2 5 11 9 11 1 2 3 7 2
Dec 21 MEM 35 8 8 2 0 1 2 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 8 4
Dec 19 BKN 40 6 14 2 1 3 2 1 10 4 4 0 4 5 9 2
Dec 17 ATL 32 13 10 6 0 0 1 4 10 3 3 2 6 1 9 1
Dec 15 CHA 39 22 19 5 4 0 1 7 14 4 5 4 9 1 18 1
Dec 12 at NOP 43 21 7 3 2 1 1 5 11 10 11 1 5 3 4 3
Dec 11 at OKC 39 18 16 2 1 0 3 5 13 6 8 2 5 2 14 3
Dec 9 TOR 36 17 9 4 0 1 3 6 15 4 4 1 5 3 6 0
Dec 8 at BKN 32 19 14 1 0 0 1 7 14 3 6 2 5 3 11 1
Dec 5 at TOR 40 15 13 0 0 0 4 5 13 2 2 3 8 0 13 1
Dec 4 at NYK 39 11 11 2 0 1 1 4 11 3 4 0 2 2 9 1
Dec 2 MIL 40 27 11 0 0 1 7 10 16 3 5 4 8 2 9 2
Nov 29 IND 33 28 10 2 2 0 2 9 13 8 9 2 3 3 7 3
Nov 26 WAS 29 21 5 0 0 1 2 7 10 6 7 1 2 2 3 5
Nov 24 ORL 32 12 8 5 2 0 1 5 11 2 4 0 1 2 6 2
Nov 22 TOR 34 23 7 1 1 0 0 8 16 7 7 0 1 1 6 5
Nov 21 at WAS 31 8 8 2 1 0 4 3 8 0 0 2 4 1 7 3
Nov 19 SAS 35 10 11 4 1 1 2 4 12 2 2 0 2 4 7 3
Nov 17 DEN 38 20 11 1 0 0 2 7 13 5 6 1 5 3 8 3
Nov 15 ATL 30 13 6 5 0 0 1 5 12 0 0 3 7 0 6 1
Nov 14 at BOS 37 12 15 4 0 1 1 2 10 8 12 0 3 3 12 4
Nov 10 NOP 39 22 5 2 1 0 1 7 13 2 2 6 9 1 4 2
Nov 7 at DEN 36 19 8 1 0 1 2 6 16 7 8 0 5 2 6 4
Nov 5 at UTA 38 14 8 1 1 0 1 2 10 9 11 1 5 0 8 4
Nov 4 at POR 36 22 10 2 0 0 1 7 14 3 3 5 8 1 9 4
Oct 31 at CHI 41 16 16 1 4 0 0 5 17 5 6 1 6 2 14 2
Oct 30 NYK 38 19 14 4 0 0 2 6 14 4 4 3 6 3 11 1

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

Love scored 24 points (8-16 FG, 8-14 3Pt) with nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes in the win over the Pistons on Tuesday.

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Love had 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and 16 rebounds in the win over the Knicks on Sunday.

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Love (eye) had a quiet game to start the second half with eight points (3-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 30 minutes in the win over Washington on Friday.

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Love (eye) said his corneal abrasion has cleared up, and he will not need to wear goggles in Friday's game against the Wizards, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Love (eye) will not play Thursday against the Bulls, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Love (eye) is officially considered a game-time decision for Thrusday's game against the Bulls, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Love (eye) will play Thursday night against the Bulls, Lisa Kerney of ESPN reports.

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Love (eye) is expected to play Thursday against Chicago, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.

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Love (eye) is considered questionable to play Thursday against the Bulls, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.

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Love suffered a corneal abrasion after being poked in the eye by Mario Chalmers early in the third quarter in the win over the Heat on Wednesday. He had 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with six rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes.

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Love won't return to Wednesday's game against the Heat due to a right eye injury, the Cavaliers' official site reports.

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Love was just one rebound short of a double-double Thursday in a win over the Clippers, scoring 24 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 10-12 FT) and grabbing nine boards in 29 minutes.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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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.