The Wolves have won 2 games back to back due to some amazing performances by Michael Beasley and Kevin Love. Beasley has scored relentlessly, and Kevin Love put up 31 points and 31 rebounds against the New York Knicks in one of the most epic comebacks in recent history.
Kevin Love is playing the PF and Beasley is playing the SF and have shown some serious flashes of being a dynamic duo for time to come, it's time to evaluate that.
First off, let me say that Beasley and Love are not Superman and Batman. I think that's a title for the likes of LeBron and Wade, while Love and Beasley's superhero name-afters will probably be announced later on in the season.
Let me remind you that both are the same height at 6'9'' and they have the capabilities of meshing snugly, which has proven in the last few games that the Wolves have played.
In the last few games, Michael Beasley has shown serious flashes of being a #1 option with his leadership on the court being so phenomenal. In his 4th quarters, B-Easy demands the ball, takes no for an answer, and lifts the offense when it becomes stagnant.
I don't think it's Beasley just being hot right now. I think it's a multitude of reason's as to why he's having such success early into the season. Let's break down the factors as to why Beasley has come into his own, and why he could be a force for years to come.
How Many Points will Beasley Average at the End of the Season?
We knew that Beasley is talented, but this year Beasley came to the Timberwolves an opportunity without distraction. Being drafted 2nd overall and playing in the shadow of Dwyane Wade, Beasley would not blossom into the player he is today if he remained in Miami.
The kid can score from everywhere on the floor, and I mean everywhere on the floor. He's shooting the 3-point shot consistently, slashing to the rim, posting up and really taking advantage of his strength off the dribble. No, his quickness isn't up to par with Kevin Durant and LeBron James, but where he makes up for that is his unprecedented smoothness. What people fail to realize is that Beasley is a 21 year old 3-year veteran still growing into his game.
This left handed swing-post man has shown flashes of doing it all, capitalizing on scoring 25+ points 4 straight times shooting over 50% from the field, embracing the leadership role yelling across the court, wanting the ball every fourth quarter, learning from his mistakes and applying them in games.
Beasley is putting faith in Wolves fans that they havent seen in years, and hopefully he get's better.
Despite the 30-30 game, Wolves fans have been raving about Kevin Love since his rookie season and have always seen the talent that he possessed. But, it's even a shock to me to see that Love is averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds a game. I predicted 15 points and 13 rebounds before the season started, but this Kevin Love is much different than last season.
His focus and intensity is there more often, his effort is more consistent, and with that Kevin Love has become the Wolves franchise player. It's hard for Love to make use of his passing game due to the fact that his opponents are expecting his outlet passes and that he's not getting double teamed in the post to find the open man. But his rebounding, his shot selection and his intensity are all increasing by the day.
Head coach Kurt Rambis was resistant to play Kevin Love big minutes last season, and it's astonishing to me that if this was the effort that Love put in last season, he would have started over Al Jefferson. His post game and defense needs work, but it's easy to see that Love is a all-star caliber player in the NBA.
Can They Play Together Long Term
Of course, absolutely no doubt in my mind. Beasley and Love are both interchangeable, both can play in the perimeter, in the post, and can rebound. But the fact is that their core strengths aren't the same and that their overall game isn't the same, and their chemistry on the court shows it
Beasley is a shot creator. I estimate that he will be an elite player in 3 years if he keeps up this type of production year after year.
Love is an elite rebounder and I don't know how much better he's going to get, but it wouldn't surprise me if he averages 16 rebounds by the time he turns 29.
The Minnesota Timberwolves don't have Batman and Superman yet, but looking at the bright side is that they at least have two heroes.
Now let's get Ricky Rubio over here, some improved play from Wes Johnson and we'll be talking about a playoff tandem that will wreck the league for years to come.