Last night, the Golden State Warrior’s ended Kevin Love’s streak of double doubles at 53. Yes, 53 straight double doubles. To put that into historical perspective, this was the longest streak since Elvin Hayes back in 1974. Now I’m not a Timberwolves fan, I’m not a UCLA fan, I’m not even that big of a Kevin Love fan. But Love needs to play for another team.
It’s obvious now that Kevin Love is the best rebounder in the league- only Dwight Howard comes close. He’s averaging 15.7 rebounds per game, a full 1.7 more per game than Howard. He’s had 9 20-20 games this season (at least 20 points, 20 rebounds). He was the first player since Moses Malone to record a 30-30. So why is it so important to me that Kevin Love play for somebody else? Good players play for bad teams all the time. In order to answer that question, we have to look at the career of one of the NBA’s all time greats, Moses Malone.
Moses Malone was was one of the best players in NBA history. He was a 3 time MVP, won an NBA championship, made the All-Star team 13 times and made 8 All-NBA teams. The thing about Moses is that his only discernable skill was rebounding. He’s one of the best centers in NBA history, but what really set him apart was his rebounding. Imagine what we could be missing with Kevin Love. If he was on the right team, with the right management, we could be experiencing some all-time great seasons from him. What team couldn’t use a player who’s only goal is to get rebounds every time he steps on the court? I’m pretty sure if he was on the Suns from 2005-2007, they definitely would have won a championship with him.
Now this is a bit extreme. I’m obviously not saying that Kevin Love is Moses Malone. His career hasn’t even come close and probably never will. What I am saying, however, is that Moses Malone dominated other centers in the league just by being a good rebounder. Despite averaging 20 points/game for his career, he wasn’t a great scorer (ie he didn’t have much of a jumpshot or offensive moves), he wasn’t a great defender (only one All-NBA Defensive team in his career), and he obviously didn’t have ball handling or passing skills. And I think Love might have the potential to do the same. But we won’t find out until he gets traded from a team who passed on Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, and Ty Lawson twice to pick an undersized point guard who hasn’t been that good and a player who will probably never play for the T-Wolves.
So post on Twitter, write a letter to David Kahn and ask him for mercy, write to your Congressman, do something. Because it really is a travesty that we’re losing some great Kevin Love seasons to this joke of a team.