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NBA Rookie Prospect Report: Love, Zeller and Stereotypes

Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in 5th grade, but he maintains that his per 36 minutes numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at ProBasketballDraft.com or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.

We typecast so much. Too much.

Kevin Love, the winner of what he called the "White Guy Award", is furiously nodding at me as I write this. This past week, NBA general managers got together for a series of polls, the results posted on NBA.com, that would go over some of the best and worst players at each position or category in basketball.

James Harden won best shooting guard. LeBron James won best small forward (even though he now plays a lot at power forward). Tim Duncan won best power forward (even though he plays a lot at center). Dwight Howard won best center. And so on.

Then came the question, "Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?" And who won that poll? Kevin Love.

Who came in second? Marc Gasol. Who followed Gasol? Matt Bonner, Jared Dudley, and J.J. Barea. I'm sensing a theme here.

It's like an adapted version of Snow White and the Barea Dwarf.

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