Monday, November 18, 2013

2013-14 NBA Power Rankings, Week 4

With roughly three weeks of the NBA season complete, there is one player that ia averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and two three-pointers per game.

Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is averaging 26.8 points per game, 13.6 rebounds and 2.3 three's per game this season.

Love ranks third in scoring behind OKC's Kevin Durant (28.7 PPG) and Miami's LeBron James (27.3 PPG) and second in rebounding behind only Houston's Dwight Howard (14.2 RPG).

In addition, Love is averaging 4.5 assists per game, which ties him for 37th in the league, although only five of the players ahead of him aren't guards.  Plus, four of the five forwards are small forwards with Josh McRoberts (4.7 APG) being the only exception.

With teammate Ricky Rubio (9.6 APG) trailing only Clippers point guard Chris Paul (12.8 APG), Love's high assist total is more impressive.  In other words, it's not as though the team lacks a capable distributor of the basketball at the point yet he's still getting his teammates plenty involved while ranking third in the league in scoring.

Although they are currently seventh in the Western Conference, their .636 winning percentage ranks eighth in the NBA and the T'Wolves are 10th in our latest power rankings.

Provided the duo of Love and Rubio can stay healthy, the T'Wolves should have their best season in roughly a decade.  Their last winning season was in the Kevin Garnett era: 2004-05 (44-38, .537).

See our full Week 4 NBA Consensus Power Rankings.

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