The file on Kevin Love
Kevin Love was born in Santa Monica, California, but raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His father, Stan, was a college standout at Oregon, before playing in the NBA. Love attended Lake Oswego High School, where he led the Lakers to three-straight State Championship games, winning one. As a senior, Rivals.com's No. 1 overall center, averaged 33.9 points, 17 rebounds and four assists per game. Love was named the 2007 Men's Basketball Gatorade National Player of the year after the season.
Love was heralded as the nation's No. 6 prospect coming out of high school, ranking ahead of numerous current NBA players -- DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Jeff Teague among others. He committed to the UCLA Bruins following their recent Final Four appearance.
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound power forward posted team highs in points (681), assists (75) and blocks (56), while leading the nation in total rebounds with 415. He helped guide the Bruins to a regular season Pac-10 title, a Pac-10 tournament championship and a No. 1 seed in the West. The Lake Oswego star was named the Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year after posting 23 double-doubles. UCLA advanced to the Final Four before losing to Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers.
The consensus first-team All-American declared for the 2008 NBA Draft after his freshman year. Love was selected with the No. 5 overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies one slot after his collegiate teammate, Russell Westbrook, was taken. In an eight-player trade, the Grizzlies shipped Love, Mike Miller and two others to Minnesota, for the rights to No. 3 overall pick, O.J. Mayo, and three additional players.
Although Love was not invited to the NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge, he managed to finish top-six in the Rookie of the Year Award and make the second-team all-rookie squad. The center/forward topped his fellow rookies in rebounding, and he recorded the most double-doubles in franchise history (29).
Love's sophomore campaign was marred by injuries. He broke his hand, which led to surgery. He returned Dec. 4, 2009, but the Timberwolves were well out of the playoff race at 2-16. In 60 games (22 starts), the 21-year old averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Fully healthy in his third season, the former Bruin star made his first All-Star Game. He averaged a league-high 15.2 rebounds per game on his way to winning the Most Improved Player Award.
The Santa Monica native continued to work on his game in 2011-12, adding a three-point shot to his repertoire. In 282 three-point attempts, the power forward made 105 on his way to a second consecutive all-star appearance. For the third straight year, Love averaged a double-double (26 points, 13.3 rebounds per game). And on Jan 25, 2012, the face of the franchise signed a four year, $60.825 million extension, with one player option. Once the season ended, Love played for the eventual undefeated and gold-medal winning U.S. national team in the 2012 Olympics.
Love was riddled again with injuries in the 2012-13 season after breaking his right hand twice during the course of the season. Before the second fracture, he was shooting a career-low 35 percent from the field (21.7 percent from three). He averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game in 18 games during the season.
The 2013-14 season was Love's best as a professional. On Feb. 22, 2014 he recorded his first career triple double with 37 points, 12 rebounds and a career high 10 assists against the Jazz. He accomplished the triple doubles feat two more times on the year, and broke the Timberwolves' franchise record for 3-pointers (143) made in a season. He finished the season with an NBA record -- he was the first in history to have 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, and 100 three-pointers in a single season.
Career vs. the Warriors
The three-time all-star has shined in 16 career games (15 starts) against the Warriors, with personal best averages in points (21.9), rebounds (14.6) and assists (3.4) per game against any opponent. Love has one year remaining on his contract, with a player option -- that he has made publicly known he will accept if still a member of the Timberwolves -- for the 2015-16 season.
Love joins LeBron
On Aug. 23, in a three-team deal, Kevin Love was officially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers...