Olympic Basketball 2012: Kevin Love Is the Best Power Forward in the World

D'Joumbarey Moreau@@alldayballin247Correspondent IAugust 8, 2012

Kevin Love is the new face of rebounding in the NBA.
Kevin Love is the new face of rebounding in the NBA.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The best power forward in the world resides in the Twin Cities.  

Though fans think Kevin Love is overrated, the consensus is the NBA has not seen another prolific re-bounder like Love since Charles Barkley.  

Fans often compare Love with the highlight reel known as Blake Griffin, but beside the fact they both play the power forward position, there is no comparison between the two.  

Constantly being overlooked in his career, Kevin Love during 2011 was selected to the NBA All-Star game as an injury replacement by commissioner David Stern for Yao Ming.  

In 2011 alone, it could have been argued that Love was the best power forward in the game, when he averaged 20.2 potions and 15.2 rebounds. 

Entering 2012 was completely the opposite, beginning the season on a national view.   

With an interview with ESPN 1500 (h/t RealGM) in January, Love was asked about how he felt about his game.  

"I believe I’m the best ’4′ in the league. I think you have to believe that you’re the best. I think Mohammad Ali even said, ‘I was the greatest before I knew I was.’ I think everybody needs to have that mindset. That’s part of winning the mind game from the very start. You have to believe it. You have to hold yourself accountable. 

Continuing his incredible pace, Love last season finished a historic season from the power forward position. Averaging 26 points, 13.3 rebounds, and two assists per game, he was second to none in the power forward position.  

One of the highlights of his season last year came in an epic game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In a 149-140 double overtime loss, Love scored 51 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Displaying his shooting ability, Love also made seven three-pointers, one to send the Timberwolves into overtime. 

During his 2012 campaign, Love recorded three 30 point, 20 rebound games. 

To further show the marvelous season that Kevin Love put on display. His incredible rebounding prowess during the lockout shorted 2012 season was amazing. Playing in 55 games last year, Love hit double-digit rebounding in all but seven games.  

At the end of the season, the 23-year-old finished behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker in Most Valuable Player voting.  

Entering the 2012 Olympics, Jerry Colangelo constructed a roster that featured the talent of the United States best players and Love was selected.  

During the Olympics, Love has checked into the game as substitute but has earned minutes because of his shooting ability and his rebounding. Standing on his own ground with the American elite, Love has showed that he too is in their class.  

As a substitute only playing in 16 minutes a game, Love is third in scoring with 13 points a game. Love leads the American team in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds a game, while still maintaining his incredible shooting ability, hitting 47 percent of his shots from long distance.  

The play of Kevin Love is a huge reason why the United States are favorites to win their second straight gold medal.

During the medal quarterfinal game against Australia, Love checked into the game and recorded another double double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  

Next season, Love will be back to his rebounding ways inside of an NBA gymnasium near you.  

Hopefully, he wins enough games with the Timberwolves so fans can see if Love will elevate his play during the NBA playoffs.  

Chances are next season, the Wolves will be in the postseason, and Love once again will be an NBA Most Valuable Player candidate.  

The twin cities are patiently and anxiously waiting to get back into playoff contention. On the shoulders of Kevin Love they will be there again. 


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