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Old Role: No. 1 Option
Potential New Role: Second or Third Wheel
Behind LeBron James "coming home," Kevin Love's trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers was the second-biggest move of the offseason. It's one that could help the Cavs land the NBA's biggest prize, even if Love's personal numbers take a hit.
The big man will obviously put up fewer shots playing alongside Kyrie Irving and James, but he'll break out in other ways.
He'll break out first as a shooter. Love has never played with anyone who demanded as much attention from the defense as either James or Irving. Not even close. Since Love became a full-time starter for the 2010-11 season, the best scorers he's been paired with were Michael Beasley that year (he averaged 19.2 points) and Kevin Martin in 2013-14 (19.1).
LeBron's career average is 27.5. Irving's is 22.1.
Add to that the fact that they can pass (both have career assist averages over six), and you can see why I expect Love to take a ton of open threes this season.
His career percentage from downtown is 36.2. Don't be surprised to see him back over 40 for the first time since 2010-11, when he hit 41.7 percent.
The other way in which Love can break out is as a distributor. His outlet passes are already the stuff of legend, but again, Love hasn't played with many great scorers who can take advantage of his passing ability in the half-court.
Even still, Love's three triple-doubles in 2013-14 tied him with Kevin Durant for the fourth-most in the league. Imagine how many more he might have with receivers like James, Irving and Dion Waiters catching his passes.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him @AndrewDBailey.