Kevin Love: Looking Ahead to a Bright Future in the NBA

Alex TangCorrespondent IApril 16, 2008

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 As I was watching ESPN just minutes ago, UCLA announced Kevin Love's entry for the 2008-2009 NBA Draft.  The Star Freshman that led UCLA to its semi-final before being eliminated by Memphis had an amazing first season with the Bruins, averaging 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and a 35% 3 pt shooter as a 6'10 center.  This young, talented freshman looks on with a bright future with the NBA.  Hopefully, he doesn't turn out like J.J. Redick, who was one of the NBA's top prospects coming out of Duke.  Kevin Love, not shy at all, has dominated in every game he has played this season, and you can tell that he loves every second, every tick on the court  If he is successfully drafted, by which Lakers is his dream team, he would be indeed lucky.  A 6'10 center, K.Love has good body mass with strong hands.  But, averaging 2 turnovers per game while playing for the Bruins, he would have to transition.  By transition I mean changing his game-play style, because I've watched K.Love closely and he likes to play among half-court.  Fast game-play is not his habit, and definitely not his liking, so if he was matched up with the Denver Nuggets or the Golden State Warriors, he would be in trouble.  The Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl likes EXTREMELY fast game-play.  He says in a magazine," Inbound the ball up the court, and try to get a shot up within 10 seconds."  This is why the Nuggets are number 2 in points? I believe?  Kevin Love would work hard like any other NBA Draft, Greg Oden returning next season for the Portland Trailblazers, being the number 1 pick of the 2007-2008, thought he missed the whole season due to injury. 

A question to now ask you is, what number do you predict he'll get?  North Carolina's Hansborough, being the CHEVY Player of the Year as center might be a higher draft # than Kevin Love.  I believe that K.Love will be drafted in the first round, first 10.  What do you guys think?  Comment below with your thoughts.