While Blake Griffin has been wowing spectators with his monster finishes and Dwight Howard has been indecisive with his future career aspirations, one player has been quietly putting up the best season of any big man in the NBA. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love smiles during a timeout in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in the Target Center in Minneapolis January 29, 2011. Love scored 21 points, and the Timberwolves won over the Raptors. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
If I told you Kevin Love averaged more points then Carmelo Anthony up to this point in the season, you would probably think I'm crazier then the Oklahoma City Thunder, after signing Russell Westbrook to a five-year $80 million dollar deal, but I digress.
The four-year veteran is playing as well as any player in the league averaging 25.2
points (fifth in the NBA) and 14.5
rebounds (second to Dwight Howard) and is on pace to make his second all-star team in the coming weeks.
The problem with Love is his team. The Minnesota Timberwolves are not exactly lighting the world on fire sitting at 6-8 which is good for the 11th best spot in the Western Conference.
The good news is they they will win 15 games. The last two seasons the Timberwolves have won 15 and 17 games respectively. His 62 career wins, is equal to the number of games the Chicago Bulls won last season.
For Love, it has been bad. Being in a small market in conjunction with playing for a perennial loser (six consecutive losing seasons, eight of 22 total seasons under .500) has made exposure hard to come by.
The addition of youngsters such as Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams should make for an exciting future and possibly a contender in Minneapolis. Reports
have indicated that Love is in line for a healthy contract extensions similar to that of his former UCLA teammate in Westbrook prior to next Wednesday's deadline for such deals.
There is no reason that Love can not be one of the faces of the NBA, similar to that of Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Derrick Rose whom the NBA use in promotion whenever they can.
As of now we are looking at a borderline hall of fame barring injury and you heard it here first.