Kevin Love: Is He a Legitimate All-Star or a Stat Stuffer on a Bad Team?

March 5th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Normally, when you think of the polarizing figures in the NBA, you think of players like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, superstar players on contending teams with, shall we say "confident" personalities. Strangely, Kevin Love is becoming a lightening rod though. Perhaps, it's because he's the tails' side of the  "stats versus winning" coin.  

It's a debate that has long surrounded sports, not just basketball. Bill Russell versus Wilt Chamberlain, Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady, Kobe versus LeBron and Emmit Smith versus Barry Sanders are all previous incarnations of this debate. It comes down to a player having great stats but not winning and another player having winning but slightly lesser stats. 

Enter Kevin Love. There's really not another player in this debate. It's more like Kevin Love versus the Minnesota Timberwolves debate. Let there be no mistake about it, the numbers that Kevin Love is putting up are tremendous. In fact, statistically speaking, he's having a season for the ages.

On the pro-Love side of the argument, there are some pretty impressive numbers to throw out. He's leading the NBA in efficiency and ...

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