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The NBA All-Terminator Team

I know now why you cry. But it’s something I can never do. Horace Smith continues his NBA series, this time with his “All-Terminator” NBA team.


Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love

Dec 11, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) gets a rebound in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves win 106-99. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love

  • Overrated out of college, awesome now
  • Bearded singer with killer falsetto
  • Understands the importance of appearance

I saw Kevin Love at UCLA once. It was brief encounter, one I’ll never forget. He had a buzzed head and a chin strap and looked like a member of a nearby fraternity that was about to shotgun a beer and barely be able to dunk.

Fast forward to now, where he plays in Minnesota and looks like a well-read lumberjack who splits every one of his rebounds with a Hudson Bay axe. Any second now, he could forgo basketball and head to a cabin in the Wisconsin woods and record a cathartic, post-break up album. The man knows how to fit in.

He also knows how to rebound a lot, shoot 3’s, play respectable defense and make those over-referenced outlet passes. He’s done all of these things (and more) so well that he should probably be included in the NBA’s top-5 discussion.

And seriously, the main downside to drafting him was his lack of elite athleticism. So if a non-elite athlete who’s barely 6-foot-8 without shoes can average over 15 RPG in a season, what is your excuse Andrea Bargnani???

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