In the 2008-2009 NBA Draft, Kevin Love was traded to the Timberwolves with Mike Miller for O.J Mayo.
This drew up many a contreversy stating the Minnesota Timberwolves got the short end of the stick.
Well I'm here to inform you that nothing could be farther from the truth—and yet people still don't realize it.
Only averaging 25.3 MPG, K.Love averaged 11.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.0 APG and 0.6 BPG. Kevin Love led all rookies in rebounds despite only averaging 25 minutes. He led all rookies in double doubles with 29. He's also one of just five rookies in NBA history to collect better than 20 percent of the available rebounds during his minutes on the floor.
Kevin Love holds the Timberwolves franchise record for most rebounds by a rookie in a single season with 734 rebounds (460 defensive, 274 offensive) beating out previous record holder Christian Laettner. Kevin Love was tied for second in ORPG, and 9th in RPG. Kevin Love trailed Emeka Okafor by one offensive rebound. Kevin Love had more rebounds than the likes of Antawn Jamison, Dirk Nowitzki and Shaq.
Charts also show that Kevin Love averages 17.2 RPG when given 48 minutes on the floor. The only successors are Joel Przybilla and Dwight Howard with 17.6 RPG and 18.6 RPG respectively. This ultimately means that Kevin Love rebounds at an incredibly fast rate. Kevin Love also won Western Conference Rookie of The Month for the month of March
Kevin Love had 50 games where he posted double digits. Kevin Love shoots 79 percent from the free throw line, an accomplishment for any big man in the league, and yet only in his rookie year! Dwight Howard does not even shoot 60 percent from the free throw line!
Kevin Love had 39 games where posted at least 10 boards. Total, Kevin Love scored 889 points, 734 rebounds, 84 assists, 50 blocks and 35 steals. Kevin Love started off slow, but emerged as a future star when Al Jefferson was subjected to injury with a torn ACL. During the first half of the season, many labeled Kevin Love a "bust", but afterwards you could say he truly "busted" through the rookie wall.
Kevin Love was not only labeled a bust, but he was snubbed from the rookie-sophomore game, and named to the "second" all-rookie team. In the rookie-sophomore game, the PF's and C's that made the cut were Beasley, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez and Greg Oden for the rookies. Oden is a Sophomore regardless of the injury! Not to mention but Kevin Love is better than all of these players.
The reason why Kevin Love was snubbed? Some people would say that it would be because of the Timberwolves record. This cannot be true due to the Timberwolves having a better record than the Grizzlies at the time, and yet Marc Gasol made the cut. This means that Kevin Love was simply put "SNUBBED".
Despite stacking the stat sheet, Kevin Love was absolutely demolished in the rookie of the year voting. He finished with a total of 16 votes, while Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose received 574. No doubt Rose is a great player, but can you honestly say that he is that much better of a rookie than Kevin Love?
Among the other players to place higher than Kevin Love were O.J Mayo, Brook Lopez, Russel Westbrook and Eric Gordon. Yet none of these players respective teams had better records than the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves had a better record than the Clippers (Eric Gordon), the Thunder (Russel Westbrook), and a tied record with the Grizzlies (O.J Mayo). Yet he gets demolished in the voting. I conclude that once again, he was snubbed.
Next year, Kevin Love would be a valuable starter to any team. But the Timberwolves will most likely be seeking a true center, as said by Ryan Gomes in NBA's 65 chats in 65 days. This will make Kevin Love a candidate for sixth man of the year rotating with Al Jefferson and the new center. Timberwolves fans know that Kevin Love will appreciate his role, as long as he gets the minutes that he deserves.
No Love for Kevin Love. Kevin Love just appears to be a player that will not be liked in the NBA. Maybe its a new Timberwolves curse for rookies.
I'm feeling the love, even though there is no love for Kevin Love. But the Timberwolves will love him anyway, as he helps them to the playoffs next year.