Kevin Love Versus Al Jefferson? Who's The Alpha Wolf?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIOctober 5, 2009

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Many people have said that Al Jefferson and Kevin Love have the potential to be a top five frontcourt in the NBA, but with both of them having different skill sets, one would have to wonder "who's better"?

Of course, Al Jefferson is a better scorer than Kevin Love, but it's slowly appearing that Kevin Love is slowly closing the gap on Al Jefferson.

Please consider:

  1. Third in Rebounds per 40
  2. Second in Offensive Rebounds
  3. Ninth in Rebounds

Kevin Love has an amazing outlet pass, yet Al Jefferson has amazing footwork. Kevin Love is one of the best pick and roll players in the league, yet Al Jefferson has a killer mid range jumper. Kevin Love can shoot the 3-ball, yet Al Jefferson has a fool arsenal of low post moves.

There are so many comparisons that can be made between Love and Jefferson. For one, they are both 6'10'', which is great size for a PF. Jefferson started almost all of his 50 games as a center last season, and when Jefferson got injured, Kevin Love started at center, while continuing to clean the glass with the best of them.

With Kevin Love setting the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record for rebounds by a rookie, it's becoming highly apparent that Kevin Love could one day lead the league in rebounds.

Al Jefferson is a better shot blocker than Kevin Love, but Kevin Love is more scrappy and plays defense more intelligently.

It's almost uncanny that Kevin Love pulled down 13 rebounds in 21 minutes in his first preseason today. At that rate, if Kevin Love would have played 36 minutes, the math shows he would have had 22 rebounds in that game.

Al Jefferson is much quicker on his feet than Kevin Love, and has one of the most convincing pump fakes in the game of basketball.

The question is: "Who's better"?

Jefferson has been in the NBA for six years now, and had some great games last season:

  1. 36 Points, 22 Rebounds, four Assists, four Steals and two Blocks against the Houston Rockets. Damn Yao Ming!
  2. 34 Points, 11 Rebounds, three Blocks and one Assist against the Boston Celtics. Kevin Garnett vs. Al Jefferson? Love it.
  3. 34 Points, 13 Rebounds, four Blocks, one Assist and one Steal against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dwight Howard didn't do that, did he?
  4. 38 Points, 16 Rebounds and one Assist against the Memphis Grizzlies. First he did it to Pau Gasol, then to Marc Gasol. Haha.
  5. 28 Points, 17 Rebounds, three Assists and one steal against the Phoenix Suns. Shaq Diesel ran out of fuel.

Is it my assumption that Kevin Love can have games like this in six years? Definitely on the rebounding end, but scoring could bode a little more difficult.

Although Kevin Love has slightly above average post moves, a developing jumper, he's not as athletic as Jefferson, but believe me, it's not like Jefferson is Ryan Hollins.

All in all, Jefferson's better now, but Kevin Love has a chance to show the world that in a few years (when the Wolves have a starting 6'11''-7'0'' center), who should be starting, and who should be coming off the bench.

Thanks for reading!