Skip to main content
Main content

Kevin Love

0 | Forward

Cleveland Cavaliers

Player 1

Player 2

In the News

Next Game:

AT

Nets at Cavaliers

Dec 19, 2014

7:30 PM ET

Buy Tickets

Biography

Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Shattered numerous franchise records during his sixth season in Minnesota and the NBA… Played in 77 games, missing four due to injury, and logged a career-high 2797 minutes… Tallied a franchise-record 26.1 ppg (ranking 4th in the league) along with 12.5 rpg (3rd) and a career-best 4.4 apg in 36.3 mpg… He's the first player to average 26/12/4 over a full season since the NBA/ABA merger; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo had most recently accomplished that feat in 1975-76… Shot 45.7% from the floor, 37.6% from three-point range and 82.1% from the FT line, setting club single-season marks for treys made (190) and attempted (505), and free throws made (520) and attempted (633)… Registered the first three triple-doubles of his career -- Feb. 22 at Utah (37 pts/12 reb/10 ast), Mar. 28 vs. the L.A. Lakers (22/10/10) and Apr. 2 vs. Memphis (24/16/10) -- and led the Wolves across the board (pts/reb/ast) seven times… Had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds Mar. 3 at Denver, the 27th time he's collected 30+ pts/15+ reb; among active players, only Tim Duncan (44) and Dwight Howard (37) have more such games… Posted a league-leading 65 double-doubles (hiking his career total to 256) and tallied 30+ points on a franchise-record 25 occasions, including six games of 40 or more… Totaled 25+ pts/10+ reb in 11 straight outings from Jan. 29-Feb. 25, the NBA's longest such run since Shaquille O'Neal put together 13 in a row in 2001… Named Western Conference Player of the Week twice (Feb. 24, Nov. 4)… Started for the West in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16 in New Orleans, tallying 13 points and nine rebounds… Averaged 34.0 ppg and 14.1 rpg in February; those figures have not been reached in tandem for a calendar month since Moses Malone in March 1982… Grabbed his 4000th rebound Jan. 21 at Utah, and scored his 6000th career point Jan. 24 at Golden State… Poured in a season-high 45 points (with 19 rebounds) Dec. 22 at the Clippers; he totaled 42 points Dec. 13 at San Antonio, matching Stephon Marbury's club record by drilling eight treys in that game… Sank the game-tying three-pointer with :10.1 left in regulation vs. Orlando on Oct. 30.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:

2012-13 (Minnesota): Limited to 18 games in his fifth NBA campaign, missing 62 due to an injury to his right hand… Also sidelined for the Dec. 15 game vs. Dallas due to illness and the Dec. 23 contest at New York with a left eye injury… Averaged 18.3 ppg, 14.0 rpg and 2.3 apg… Made his season debut Nov. 21 vs. Denver, totaling 34 points and 14 rebounds; he'd missed the first nine games after sustaining a fracture of the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand on Oct. 17… Re-fractured the third metacarpal in the Jan. 3 victory at Denver; he underwent surgery on Jan. 15 and was sidelined for the final 53 contests… Also underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue on his left knee on Apr. 10… Led Minnesota with 28 points in the Dec. 20 win vs. Oklahoma City, adding a season-high seven assists… Overtook Tony Campbell (4888) for 5th place on theWolves' career scoring list Dec. 18 at Miami (also his 200th career start)… Poured in a season-high 36 points Dec. 7 vs. Cleveland, part of his 29th career game with 30+ points/10+ rebounds… Hauled down a season-high 24 rebounds Nov. 27 at Sacramento, including a career-best 21 defensive boards; he's just the third Timberwolves player to pull in 20+ defensive boards in a game, joining Kevin Garnett and Al Jefferson… The Sacramento game marked the 16th time he's contributed 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in the same contest (18th career 20-rebound night overall); Garnett (26) holds the club record in that category, while Dwight Howard (42) is the 20/20 leader among active NBA players.

2011-12 (Minnesota): Finished his fourth year with the Wolves by playing in 55 games, sitting out the final seven after suffering a concussion Apr. 11 at Denver… Earned Second Team All-NBA honors after ranking 4th in scoring (a franchise-record 26.0 ppg), 2nd in rebounding (13.3 rpg) and 2nd in minutes played (39.0 mpg); Kevin Garnett held the prior club singleseason scoring mark at 24.2 ppg in 2003-04… Shot 44.8% from the field, 37.2% (105-for-282) from long range and 82.4% from the FT line, becoming only the third player in league history to average 25+ ppg and 10+ rpg while also sinking 50+ treys, joining Larry Bird (1984-85) and Charles Barkley (1992- 93)… Also led the NBA in point/rebound double-doubles (48) and finished 4th in FTs made (379) and 5th in FT attempts (460)…Was Minnesota's top scorer 43 times and leading rebounder on 50 occasions; he tallied 20+ points on 46 occasions, including a club-record 19 games with 30 or more… Totaled 40 points and 19 rebounds Mar. 28 at Charlotte, his third 40+ effort in March (fourth career, tying Garnett's club record) and his 10th 30-point/15-rebound night this year; the rest of the league combined for nine such games… Poured in a club-record 51 points Mar. 23 at Oklahoma City, breaking Garnett's mark of 47 (Jan. 4, 2005 vs. Phoenix); the seven treys were also a career high… Pulled in his 3000th career rebound Mar. 7 vs. Portland, and overtook Sam Mitchell (3030) for 2nd place on the Wolves' career list Mar. 12 at Phoenix… Played his 250th game Mar. 5 vs. the L.A. Clippers, and scored his 4000th point Feb. 20 at Denver… Had 42 points Mar. 3 at Portland, and followed up with a 39-point effort vs. the Clippers; he averaged a league-best 30.7 ppg (46.4%) and 13.9 rpg in March… Tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals for theWest in the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando; he also won the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest… Hit the game-winning FTs with :00.1 left Feb. 19 vs. Philadelphia; he sank a three- pointer as time expired to beat the L.A. Clippers on Jan. 20… Signed a four-year contract extension on Jan. 25… Saw his run of double-doubles halted at 15 Jan. 21 at Utah, the NBA's longest streak to open a season since Moses Malone reeled off 16 in a row in 1981-82… Totaled 31 points and 20 rebounds Dec. 27 at Milwaukee, setting franchise records with his 19-for-24 outing from the line.

2010-11 (Minnesota): Topped off his third season in the NBA by winning the league's Most Improved Player award, after registering career highs in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounding (an NBA-best and franchise-record 15.2 rpg), assists (2.5 apg), minutes (35.8 mpg) and all three shooting categories… Hit 47.0% from the floor while ranking 18th in scoring, 14th in three-point accuracy (41.7%) and 28th in FT accuracy (85.0%)… Started all 73 of his appearances, missing the final six games (and nine of the last 11) due to a strained left groin… Became the first NBA player to average 20+ ppg and 15+ rpg since Moses Malone in 1982-83, and compiled the league's highest rebounding average since BenWallace hauled in 15.4 rpg in 2002-03… Broke Al Jefferson's club single-season mark for offensive rebounds (308 in 2007-08), finishing with a league-best 330…Was Minnesota's top scorer 41 times and also led in assists on nine occasions; he scored 20+ points 43 times… Saw his run of 53 straight point/rebound double-doubles halted Mar. 13 at Golden State; Kevin Garnett held the previous franchise record at 37 (Feb. 1-Nov. 6, 2006)… Posted his fourth 30/20 effort of the year Feb. 27 vs. Golden State (37 points, 23 rebounds); Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard recorded the only other such games in 2010-11… The 18-for-23 effort from the FT line vs. Golden State on Feb. 27 tied club records in both categories; he also surpassed the 3000-career-point mark in that game… Made his All-Star Game debut on Feb. 20 at Staples Center, scoring two points with four rebounds (in 11:44) in the Western Conference's 148-143 victory… He's the fifth player in franchise history to be chosen as an All-Star, and the first since Garnett in 2007… Led the Wolves across the board (pts/reb/ast) vs. Houston on Jan. 24, handing out a season-high seven assists… Scored 30+ points nine times, including four in January… Snagged his 2000th rebound Jan. 11 vs. San Antonio, and posted his 100th double-double Jan. 13 vs. Washington… Hauled in 24 rebounds Jan. 3 at Boston; he ranked 2nd in double-doubles (64) for the season behind Dwight Howard… Saw his consecutive FT streak ended at 46 on Dec. 3 at San Antonio… Erupted for a career-high 43 points Dec. 18 at Denver, and poured in 32 points with 22 rebounds Nov. 24 vs. San Antonio… Totaled 31 points and 31 boards Nov. 12 vs. New York, shattering Al Jefferson's single-game rebounding record (26 at Houston, Jan. 13, 2010)… He's the first NBA player to tally 30+ points and 30+ rebounds in the same game since Houston's Moses Malone (Feb. 11, 1982 vs. Seattle) and the first to grab 30+ rebounds since Charles Barkley had 33 for Houston at Phoenix on Nov. 2, 1996.

2009-10 (Minnesota): Completed his second year in Minnesota by seeing action in 60 games (22 starts)... Made his regular-season debut Dec. 4 at New Orleans, having been sidelined for the first 18 games due to a fractured fourth metacarpal (left hand) suffered Oct. 16 at Chicago; he underwent surgery on Oct. 20...Also missed two games (Jan. 18-20) due to an upper respiratory infection and two (Mar. 12-14) with a left mid-foot sprain...Was one of only 15 NBA players to average a double-double for the season, tallying 14.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg in 28.6 mpg... He shot 45.0% from the floor and 81.5% from the line, leading the Wolves with 276 FT attempts... Drained 35 three-pointers (at a 33.0% clip), after hitting only two as a rookie... Started the Apr. 7-9 games, his first since Jan. 23 at Milwaukee (after 30 straight bench outings); he tallied 15.3 ppg, 13.3 rpg and 2.8 apg in 22 starts overall...Was Minnesota's top rebounder on 35 occasions and leading scorer 11 times, collecting a team-best 36 point/rebound double-doubles (good for 11th in the NBA); the Jan. 2 game at Indiana ended his double-double string at 11... Scored 23 points and hauled in a careerhigh 22 rebounds Mar. 28 vs. Phoenix, becoming the fourth player in Wolves history to notch a 20/20 game (Garnett 26, Jefferson 5, Gugliotta)... Scored a then-career-high 25 points Jan. 31 vs. New York... Grabbed his 1000th rebound Jan. 13 at Houston, and went over the 1000-career-point mark Dec. 16 vs. the L.A. Clippers... Handed out a career-high nine assists Dec. 30 vs. Utah, and pulled in 19 rebounds Dec. 11 at the Lakers... Had his 2010-11 contract option exercised on Nov. 2.

2008-09 (Minnesota): Completed his first NBA season by leading all rookies (and ranking 9th overall) in rebounding at 9.1 rpg... Broke the club single-season rookie rebounding record Apr. 11 vs. Phoenix, and ended the year with 734 to surpass Christian Laettner (708 in 1992-93)... Played in 81 games (including 37 starts), missing the Apr. 5 game vs. Denver due to the flu... Averaged 11.1 ppg (9th among rookies) while logging 25.3 mpg and shooting 45.9%; he boosted those numbers to 13.3 ppg (on 48.4% shooting) and 9.9 rpg after Jan. 1 (50 games)... Led the Wolves in FTs made and attempted by finishing 265-for-336 (78.9%); he averaged 7.9 FTAs/48 on the year...Also broke Laettner's franchise rookie mark for double-doubles, collecting his 29th (tops among NBA rookies this season) in the Apr. 15 finale vs. Sacramento... Named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for March, the third Timberwolves player to claim those honors (Stephon Marbury, Randy Foye)... Led Minnesota in scoring on seven occasions, including a 23-point effort Mar. 31 vs. Dallas; he was the top rebounder 36 times... Pulled down 19 rebounds Mar. 17 at San Antonio, one short of Dean Garrett's franchise rookie record and the 2nd-highest total by an NBA rookie on the season (the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 at Golden State on Jan. 25)... Led the NBA in offensive rebounds per 48 (6.4); his 274 offensive boards ranked 3rd behind Orlando's Dwight Howard (336) and Charlotte's Emeka Okafor (275), and represent the 2nd-highest season total in franchise history (Al Jefferson, 308 in 2007-08)... Tallied a season-high 24 points (with 15 rebounds) Feb. 25 vs. Utah, and dished a season-high four assists Mar. 11 vs. Memphis; he blocked four shots Mar. 13 vs. New York.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Had his draft rights traded to Minnesota along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller in exchange for Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and the draft rights to O.J. Mayo on June 26, 2008... Signed a multiyear contract extension with the Timberwolves on Jan. 25, 2012... Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft

COLLEGE NOTES:
Earned consensus First TeamAll-American honors following his lone collegiate season at UCLA... Named to the Wooden Award All-America Team and was a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards... Named Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming only the second freshman in league history to earn the honor... Also named conference Freshman of the Year, earned First Team All-Conference and All- Freshman Team honors, and was an Honorable Mention selection for the league’s All-Defensive Team... Set school freshman single-season records for points scored (681) and rebounds (415)... 2007-08: Led team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg)... Scored in double figures in every game and topped the 20-point mark 11 times... Posted 23 double-doubles...Tallied 26 points and 18 rebounds at Oregon... Scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds at Oregon State, the first time a UCLA player had logged 20 or more rebounds in 30 years... Recorded 18 points and 16 rebounds at Maryland... Notched 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Arizona and logged 24 points and 15 rebounds in the rematch... Posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists vs. Stanford... Registered 22 points and 13 rebounds in his collegiate debut vs. Portland State...Tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots vs. Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament... Recorded a career-high 29 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots vs.Western Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen... Notched a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Xavier in the Regional Finals.

PERSONAL:
Born on September 7, 1988, in Santa Monica, California... Son of Stan and Karen Love... Father Stan played with the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Bullets in the NBA... Uncle Mike Love is the lead singer of the Beach Boys... Has hosted a winter coat drive to support the local Salvation Army during each of his first five NBA seasons... Awarded the December 2012 KIA Community Assist Award... One of 10 nominees for 2012-13 Seasonlong KIA Community Assist Award... Teamed with NFL All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Bright Pink in October of 2012 to "Spread Love" in hopes of raising money for Breast Health Awareness Month...An ambassador of the Hoops for St. Jude program since his rookie season... Took part in the Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge this past winter, donating over $3,000 to Special Olympics Minnesota... Favorite movies are “He Got Game” and “Gladiator”... Lists the Seattle Mariners and Portland Trail Blazers as his favorite teams while growing up... Appeared on the cover of the EA Sports NCAA Basketball ’09 video game... Helped Lake Oswego High School reach the state 4A tournament four straight years, the state championship game three straight years, and a state title in 2006... Named 2007 Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year... Earned the 2007 Naismith,Wooden, USA Today, National High School Coaches Association, McDonald's and Parade Magazine Male High School Player of the Year awards... Became the first player in state history to be named player of the year three times, winning the award outright his sophomore and junior seasons and sharing the award

Complete Bio >

Vitals

Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 243 lbs./ 110.2 kg
Born: September 07, 1988
From: University of California, Los Angeles
Draft: 1st Round (5th pick) 2008 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2008
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 - 2014
  Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 - 2014
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2008 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: UCLA/USA

Recent Tweets