The 2011 Season has been a fantastic year for NBA Superstar Kevin Love. Being only the third player in the last 30 years to be third in the league in points per game (26.5) and second in rebounds per game (13.7), the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward/center boasts a competitive low-post game. His versatility also makes him a threat from the perimeter; he added the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout and Most Improved Player trophies to his hardware.
During the 2010 season, Kevin took his game to new heights, setting the modern day record for consecutive double-doubles at 53. Scoring 31 points along and pulling down a career-high 31 rebounds against the Knicks, Love made the stat sheets as the first player to record a 30/30 game since Moses Malone in 1982 and the 19th NBA player overall. His 31 rebounds set a Timberwolves franchise record and were the most boards by any player in an NBA game since Charles Barkley grabbed 33 in 1996. Helping lead Team USA to the gold medal in that summer’s FIFA World Championships, Kevin is looking forward to this upcoming summer, as he has the opportunity to go to USA camp in Las Vegas and gain a spot on the Olympic Team.
In addition to his stellar play on the court, Kevin’s funnyman personality has made him a media and fan favorite as well as a digital pioneer and has earned him starring spots in numerous popular Internet viral videos. A social media superstar, he has utilized his touch on the community through his Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus accounts. Kevin has appeared in cameos on several sports talk shows, is often seen and referenced on ESPN shows, including SportsCenter and PTI, and has even earned the affection of Dan Patrick & The Sports Guy Bill Simmons.
Kevin was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Traded that night to the Timberwolves, he is in his fourth year with the franchise, where he consistently has excelled. Known for his outlet passing, scoring and fierce rebounding ability, Kevin proved early in his pro career to be one of the best rebounders in the NBA, averaging 9.1 rebounds per game in only 25.3 minutes per game in his rookie season. In that same season, he put up 11.1 points per game while leading all rookies with 29 double-doubles, the most by a Timberwolves rookie in franchise history. Kevin was rewarded by being named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March 2009 and by receiving a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In addition, Kevin was selected to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge and finished out that season ranked as the league’s best rebounder per 48 minutes (18.4).
Prior to his NBA career, Kevin enjoyed a successful college basketball career at UCLA, where he led the team to a Final Four appearance in the 2008 and earned honors as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Player of the Year. He earned consensus First Team All-American honors, was named to the Wooden Award All-America Team and was a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards, gaining him the cover of the EA Sports NCAA basketball game that season.
As a top-ranked prospect out of Lake Oswego High School, Kevin had one of the most decorated high school basketball careers ever. He was named the 2007 Gatorade High School National Player of the year, Parade Magazine Player of the Year and a McDonalds All-American in addition to competing on the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team at the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit held in Memphis. Kevin is the son of former NBA forward Stan Love and nephew of Beach Boys singer Mike Love.
Utilizing his platform as an NBA player to help others, Kevin has taken the lead on a number of community-oriented projects. Each winter, in partnership with the Salvation Army of the Twin Cities and Comcast, he hosts Kevin Loves Coat Drive, the largest coat drive in Minneapolis. In addition, he is active with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides financial support, care and research to families touched by pediatric cancer. From participating in charity events that benefit the hospital, shooting a PSA on its behalf and befriending young patients, Kevin is committed to raising awareness about the Memphis-based hospital’s efforts.
Putting the entire NBA on notice with his consistently exceptional performances, one thing is clear: Two-time All Star Kevin Love has just begun to prove that he is the real deal.