Monday, July 21, 2014

Kevin Love, AFGM & 3s

There's an increasing sense of inevitability of success associated with Kevin Love and whatever team he joins. I pulled monthly averages for his career from NBA Stats, and plotted the percent of three point field goal attempts (%FGA 3PT) and the percent of his made field goals off of an assist (FGM %AST). While he puts up phenomenal statistics in Minnesota, his game has progressed to that of a superior rebounder on defense and a set three point shooter on offense. The state of his offensive game suggests he would prove much more valuable in Cleveland where he could spread the floor for LeBron while also giving them some much needed long distance shooting than he would in Golden State where he would add yet another three point shooter without adding to their anemic post offense. Further, his increasing reliance on assists for made field goals indicates he needs to be set-up to score, thus making Cleveland and LeBron the preferable fit for Love.

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