Sometimes, really really good players get drafted onto really really awful teams.
I'm not talking merely about bad teams that toil in mediocrity. I'm talking about teams that seem predestined, fated to lose, no matter how much they try.
The most recent example of this we've seen is the Clippers. Some really good players have been ruined, either for their entire career or most of their prime, being held captive on the Clippers. Here's an extensive list of players who fit those criteria:
Michael Olowokandi (first pick in 1998)
Lamar Odom (fourth pick in 1999)
Tyson Chandler (second pick in 2001)
Shaun Livingston (fourth pick in 2004)
Al Thornton (fourteenth pick in 2007)
Incomplete: Al-Farouq Aminu (eighth pick in 2010)
Incomplete: Blake Griffin (first pick in 2009)
Each of these players had hype and potential that rivaled their skills. Each of them falls into one three categories: Horrific Injury that Derailed a Promising Career, Stunk and Faded into Oblivion Within Three Years, Unfortunately Delayed a Prosperous Career by Several Years.
Each player's career has followed a different trajectory and some have gone on to solid careers (Odom and Chandler), but each was stricken by the Clipper Curse significantly and immediately after being drafted.
Kevin Love is at risk of the same ailment. A few years playing on a team of destiny could follow him around and manifest negatively in various ways.
If he doesn't get away from the Wolves soon, he might never become familiar with what winning is like.
Knowing a winning culture is important for a good player, wouldn't you say?