Kevin Love is making a case for the Hall of Fame.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have one sure-fire Hall of Famer going in eventually in LeBron James. Whether you like him or not, his accolades are incredible and despite spending seven-plus years playing elsewhere, he played most of his career in Cleveland. Yet, when it’s all said and done, one of his former teammates, Kevin Love, may in fact join him.
To be fair, Love is a borderline All-Star. He’s no sure-fire selection; yet. He’s only 33 and has a few more years of prime play left in him, barring injuries. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Love is able to put together a few more years of great play.
This is exactly what his 2021-2022 season has been filled with; great play. Love is having a great bounce-back season and is doing so in limited minutes. In keeping his minutes low, he’s become far more efficient, hitting nearly 40% of his three-point shots and hitting over 42% of his field goals from inside the arc.
To get into the Hall of Fame, he’s going to have to have some more good years, another post-season award, and maybe even another NBA Championship. That’s not impossible to do, as he just added another feather in his Hall of Fame bid during the game against the Hawks.
Kevin Love joins elite company during Hawks game.
Kevin Love joined a list of just three other players in league history to record 14,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 1,400 three-pointers. The other three people on that list? His former teammate James, Jason Kidd, and Dirk Nowitski.
All three men are Hall of Famer or future Hall of Famer players. Now, there is one big key difference between Love and those players; they have far more All-Star and post-season awards than Love. So records alone won’t be enough to get Love in the Hall of Fame.
If the Cavs can shock the league and go to the NBA Championship and actually win, then that may be all Love needs to secure his spot in the Hall. So would a good playoff team the next two years and maybe a Sixth-Man of the Year award win.