Cavs: 2 realistic expectations for Kevin Love for next season

Cleveland Cavaliers big Kevin Love shoots. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big Kevin Love shoots. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

#2: Love is a key scorer/driving force for the Cavs offense

Kevin Love will almost certainly likely not return to his 26 point-and-12-rebound form, especially with the way the team is set up. They have a lot of raw young talent they want to develop and get on the floor. So even if the potential was there it’s hard to see it happening.

Love will go back to a similar role to how he was with LeBron/was to a large degree last season, but serve as a vital piece to the offense. His ability to run the pick-and-pop game with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland and space the floor is again going to be huge.

He can also help bring attention away from Andre Drummond, seemingly in the case Drummond eventually opts into his $28.7 million player option. And while he’s reportedly undecided regarding that, it’s still hard to foresee him not eventually picking that up.

Swinging back, Love is a career 37.0 percent three-point shooter, but shot 41.5 percent from deep in his final season with LeBron in the 2017-18 campaign. That was before suffering injuries and having issues with the team, which seemed to hurt him in the postseason.

Returning to a top player in the league will be hard, but again being a very reliable shooter and key member of the offense while also leading this young group is very possible.

Love, who had 3.2 assists per outing in 2019-20, and hit 37.4 percent of a career-high 7.0 triple attempts per contest, is more than capable of being a driving force for the Cavs offense next season, to further drive that home, too.

Moreover, he placed in the 82nd percentile on spot-ups last season, per Synergy Sports, highlighting how Love is such a polished catch-and-shoot threat.

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So, with a long layoff to have gotten ready to roll, and arguably the most talent on the roster since the rebuild began, this has set up Kevin Love to have a bounce-back season.