NBA Power Rankings: Kevin Love and the 10 Best Rebounders in the League

November 14th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
On Friday night, Kevin Love became the first NBA player in 28 years to score 30-plus points and gather 30-plus rebounds in the same game, with his 31-point, 31-rebound effort against the New York Knicks.  

The last player to come up with a 30-30 night?  Moses Malone, all the way back in 1982.  And no NBA player had gathered 30 rebounds in a night since Charles Barkley did in 1996.

So, yeah, Love had a pretty solid game, to say the least.

Sure, we can chalk up part of Love's breakout game to his opponent. I don't think anyone has ever accused Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks coach, or Amar'e Stoudemire, the current Knicks starting center, of being too preoccupied with defense.

But obviously not every player who faces the Knicks pulls down 31 rebounds in a given night.  Love's defensive intensity and true passion for rebounding played a huge factor in his monster game, too.

Ironically, Love wrote a blog post for GQ this week about his perspective on rebounding: "For me, rebounding is all a mindset. My dad told me back in the day that there is no such thing as a selfish rebound because it's a ...

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