3. Cavaliers PF Kevin Love
This might be also controversial, but yes, Kevin Love is the face of the Cavaliers. He’s a multi-time All-Star and All-NBA caliber player. He’s one of a few players on this current squad with an NBA Championship and he’s on his way to a Hall of Fame career. Yes, Love is the face of the franchise for better or worse, and for that reason most of all he’s this high.
He’s also becoming a more respected person, beyond just his status as a player. His stances and support of those struggling with mental health issues have earned him a whole heap of new support from passionate long time fans, to once former detractors. He’s been on the front lines of treating mental health issues seriously and offering words of encouragement to those suffering.
He also took a leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic and lead the Cavaliers and other NBA’ers to step in and step up for the arena workers around the league who would lose out on needed income during a trying time. Which of course was needed due to the postponement of the league’s season. The Cavs star has shown a willingness to lead by example for the community in which he plays and fans don’t forget stuff like that.
While Love is usually at the center of trade talks and seemingly has been since he arrived in Cleveland in 2014, it’s never felt like fans wanted him to leave. Just that they wanted to maximize his value. Whether that’s true or not for everyone is up in the air, but Love has shown to be someone how can have a positive impact on the team, even if there seem to be a few missteps from him from time to time.
Love will go down as a Cavs all-time great, and his number zero might one day hang in the rafters with other former Cavaliers greats.