People always shy away from injured players, but when an injury is a minor and non-recurring one, as in the case of Kevin Love, I don’t think that should be the case. Love injured his hand doing knuckle pushups. The hope here is that he learned his lesson and either makes that workout safer or cuts it out altogether. I’m hoping for the latter because I think Love can be a beast without pressing 255 pounds of muscle onto his poor knuckles.
It’s worth noting that this league has far different settings than a Yahoo! league. Points are awarded for double doubles, and that dramatically increases the value of a guy who gets one pretty much every night. He also puts up insane numbers.
Is he a better option than who went No. 3 overall? LeBron James?
Slightly, basing it on a few key factors:
1. age (24, Love vs. 27, James),
2. team situation (Love is the best player, LBJ shares the ball with two other stars)
3. position scarcity (C-eligible Love, tons of SFs with value)
Love has center eligibility in the league I am playing in, and I am now filling one of my center spots with a franchise player for a team. The three years of improvement he has to make before even reaching the age LeBron is at now make this almost a no brainer.
It has nothing to do with being a “LeBron Hater” and everything to do with the fact that Love’s game is taylor made for putting up great stat lines and fantasy production. How can you turn down a guy who puts up 20 points and 15 rebounds, becoming the first since Moses Malone in 1982-83? Make no mistake, he is as good as the Hall of Fame talent that is Moses.
I give up a lot of trade equity, but I can sacrifice that. People would have paid more for LeBron in a trade than for Love, in other words. But I can live with that. And when you have the second overall pick, it means you have the second to last pick in the second round. There’s absolutely no way he would have lasted until that pick, injured or not, so the only way to obtain him was to take him since we weren’t allowed to trade up/down in drafts.
I’ll reach for a Hall of Famer. Everytime (notwithstanding the fact that LBJ is the better player in “real life). It’s fantasy basketball, and fantasy is far different than real life.