David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Love is back. Is there anything left to say?
Apparently the answer to that question is yes, because there's a lot more where "Kevin Love is back" came from.
Love is averaging 26.5 points and 14.3 rebounds in the first four games of the year. His style is so modern, but his lines in the box scores look like they're straight out of the early 1960s.
31 points and 17 rebounds against the Orlando Magic.
24 points and 12 rebounds against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
34 points and 15 rebounds against the New York Knicks.
Stop, Kevin. You're hurting me.
Really, those numbers should be more illegal than Nikola Pekovic's "clean" screen on Love's game-tying, fourth-quarter three against Orlando on opening night. But really, that's just Kevin Love.
Love is capable of putting up numbers like no one else. We're talking about a guy who once averaged almost 31 points and almost 14 rebounds a game over an entire month—and he did all that while shooting 44.9 percent from three on almost seven attempts per game.
That doesn't happen. That never happens. Nobody does that—except for Kevin Love.
Love played only 18 games last year, but what if this is the season he puts it all together? He's averaged 20 and 15 before. He's averaged 26 and 13. What if this is the year he starts putting up historic numbers?
For some reason, we cap Love. We think of him as a "he is what he is" guy, a great player, but someone whose ceiling doesn't match that of a guy like Blake Griffin.
That might be a small market thing. It might be a (code-word alert) limited-natural-ability thing. Who knows?
Love is only 25 years old. He just turned 25. It's silly to assume he's done getting better, especially defensively, where he has loads of room for improvement.
What if the Wolves win 50 games this year while Love averages 27 and 14? Wouldn't he have to be in the conversation for MVP, even though LeBron James still exists? Isn't he a "voter fatigue" candidate along with Chris Paul and Kevin Durant?
Love has a chance to grab the credit he deserves and if the Wolves keep playing like they have to start the season, he's going to have some hardware to throw up on the mantle at the end of the year.