Kevin Love's time to shine

The numbers point to a perfect fit in Cleveland for underappreciated Love

Updated: August 12, 2014, 5:29 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

Kevin LoveSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsKevin Love has spent six seasons in the NBA with no star power surrounding him.

Kevin Love may not officially be a Cleveland Cavalier until next week, but that won't stop us from breaking down his potential impact on his new team and alongside LeBron James.

In case you've been sleeping under a rock, Minnesota has agreed in principle to trade Love to Cleveland for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick. The trade can't be officially completed until Aug. 23.

For many, this trade is about James and his ability to assemble another championship team. But in reality, Love has the most to gain from this partnership.

Here are three things to know about Love in anticipation of the NBA's newest dynamic duo.


1. Kevin Love will finally have a co-star

The stat: Zero "fringe All-Star" teammates

If you ask a random NBA fan to define Love's career to date, you'll probably hear a response that includes the fact that he's never been to the playoffs. Six seasons, no playoff appearances. The lack of team success doesn't jibe with the mind-boggling individual numbers he's put up over his career, which tends to lead to some lazy analysis.

He's a stat-padder! What a fraud! Not a team player!