The NBA is a league filled with young players (those that did not play college basketball or left college early) showing what they can do on a national stage.
Some players are able to find their game almost immediately, while others take some time to find their place in the league.
Kevin Love not only continues to improve his all-around basketball game, but at the same time he has brought a buzz to the city of Minneapolis, instilling excitement in the fans. Add rookies Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams, along with veteran head coach Rick Adelman and suddenly things are looking very bright for the Timberwolves franchise.
Love, who played one year of college basketball at UCLA before entering the NBA back in 2008, has been on a roll, proving that he can become a top caliber all-around player.
Love showed that he can become a great rebounder during his rookie year, when he racked up 29 double-doubles. Furthermore, during the 2010-11 NBA season, Love registered 53 consecutive games with a double-double, including a career-high 31 rebound game versus the New York Knicks.
It was that game against the Knicks where Love also registered 31 points that the league started to take notice of Love’s potential. Love led the NBA in rebounding, averaging 15.2 per game. He added a three-point shot to his arsenal—making him more of a weapon on the offensive end and against bigger opponents.
This season Love participated in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shooting Contest during All-Star Weekend and came out on top once again, showing his potential. The Timberwolves are also looking to make it to the postseason without Rubio (out for the season with a knee injury).
With the stellar play of Love, who continues to impress, the Timberwolves should never be counted out of any situation at this time.