Kevin Love’s Not-Quite Superstardom and How the NBA Is Like College Admissions

December 12th, 2010 by Ben Teitelbaum Leave a reply »
During the recent contest in Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers, commentator Ralph Lawler digressed from the action at hand to discuss Kevin Love, animatedly claiming that the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward was a superstar.

Not an emergent superstar or a potential superstar, mind you, but a straight-up, flat-out, current superstar.

Boy, do they throw around that term these days.

If Kevin Love is a superstar, then Kim Kardashian is an actress, Bristol Palin is a dancer and two slices of bread might as well be called a sandwich. While Love may be the best rebounder in the NBA, his game is far from complete, and therefore he is far from a superstar.

Love’s retina-bursting rebound numbers seem to cloud popular perception, shrouding the fact that he is extremely inefficient on offense and plays defense like a mannequin. He’s like a housekeeper who spends hours cleaning the glass but neglects do the laundry or sweep the floors.

Love’s 20.4 points per game is also misleading, as his 44 percent field goal average is downright awful for a big man. Digging deeper, he cashes a paltry 53 percent at the ...

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