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First and foremost, Kevin Love easily remains the best player on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster. His 18.7 points per game (PPG) and 13.8 rebounds per game (RPG) dropped a bit from last season, but his dominant post play still makes him the best in the Wolves lineup.
Looking through Love’s stat sheet, one number jumps out at you: he’s shooting just 35.4 percent from the field.
Frankly, that number is atrocious. He’s ranked 11th on the team for field goal percentage, which puts him behind the likes of Lou Amundson and Greg Stiemsma. And yes, you read correctly, Kevin Love is shooting worse than Greg Stiemsma and Lou Amundson.
Last season, Love was shooting at just around 45 percent from the field. That means that his percentage has decreased a good 10 percent, which is terrible.
Whether it’s the recovering hand or just a bad year, Kevin Love’s shooting percentages are going to have to rise if he wants the Wolves to make the playoffs. He can complain about the rest of the team all he wants, but his inefficiency has been one of the largest factors in the T-Wolves slow start to the season.
Despite his troubles, Love is still one of the elite rebounders in the league—and even if he isn’t hitting all of his shots, he’s still one of the best big men in the NBA.