Kevin Love’s claim grows stronger
Can there be any debate? After Kevin Love’s 51 point performance against Oklahoma City, Love followed it up with 30 points and 21 rebounds against the Nuggets, which also included 2 steals and 3 blocks, leading his team in all four stats. That was his ninth 30 and 15 game. To put that in perspective, only Hawk forward Josh Smith has more than one. With two. There is no longer any argument; Kevin Love is the best power forward in the game. He has eclipsed the fan favorite Blake Griffin well and truly. Whilst Blake will make more headlines, make many more highlight reels, Kevin Love’s incredibly consistent play is something I rank higher then Griffin. Don’t get me wrong, they are both phenomenal players and we are lucky to be even having this argument, lucky to be able to witness these two great, young forwards go against each other. But Love should get credit as the best, especially the way he is leading a team that has long been mired in mediocrity into relevance, with little help whatsoever, especially with the injury to Ricky Rubio. Blake is trying to do the same, but he is getting a great deal of help in the likes of point guard Chris Paul, Caron Butler, Nick Young and even defensive anchor DeAndre Jordan. Love’s supporting cast is much more thin: Rubio (when he was not injured) Barea, Ridnour, sometimes Petkovic, but nothing like what Griffin has in LA. Because of this, I think that there can be little doubt that Love is at the top of the pile of power forwards.
Posted on March 26, 2012, in Minnesota Timberwolves and tagged Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers, Luke Ridnour, Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.