Kevin Love is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ best player, and a recent tweet by the team’s Twitter account highlighted how he recently became in a league of his own when it comes to an inside-out presence.
Kevin Love, who is the best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been one of the NBA’s best players for a long time when he’s been reasonably healthy. For his career, which has stretched 11 seasons, Love has averaged 18.3 points on 50.2% effective field goal shooting, to go with 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, per Basketball Reference.
Last season, Love averaged 17.0 points on 47.9% effective field goal shooting, to go with 10.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game (per NBA.com), showing his value again for the Wine and Gold. Of course, most of his year was cut short due to injury, as he only appeared in 22 games.
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As we’ve noted time and time again, when Love was reasonably healthier and in games he played regular minutes after the All-Star break, Cleveland was clearly a better team, and pieces such as Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, and Jordan Clarkson had more room to operate with Love’s inside-out scoring presence on the floor with them.
For reference, though Cleveland only finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 19-63, according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, it had a record of “7-9 in games where Love played at least 15 minutes.”
Love’s overall versatility was recently highlighted by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Official Twitter, and it again demonstrated his worth to the team as the club’s leader.
For his career, Love has recorded 27 games of 25 points, 15 rebounds and at least 3 three-pointers, which is the most in the history of the NBA of such games, according to the Cavs.
Love has shown throughout his career, and especially while playing alongside LeBron James, which was the case his first four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, that he is one of the best shooting bigs in the NBA.
Over his 11 years in the Association, Love has averaged 1.6 three-pointers made on a 37.0% percent clip (per Basketball Reference). With the Cavs in particular, his floor-spacing has really taken off, as he’s averaged 2.2 made triples per game on a shooting clip of 37.5%.
However, that perimeter shooting prowess does not discount Love’s ability to make plays out of the low post, either, with effective jump hooks with both hands, to go with a solid short fadeaway, along with him proving he is a quality baseline cutter as a counter to defenders overplaying his perimeter shooting.
Moreover, fans of the Wine and Gold are well aware of Love’s skill set, obviously, but the aforementioned tweet by the Cavaliers was just a reminder of how well-rounded the five-time All-Star has proven to be throughout his career.
Last season, he seemed to emerge as the primary leader of the Cavs as well, and I would expect him to hold onto that role in the coming years. Hopefully he can showcase his versatility more in the coming years by remaining reasonably healthy, which is a big if, I know.