It’s easy to look at a potential blockbuster trade and examine the valuable pieces that are swapped in the transaction.
For the Bulls, the reported package that is proposed to the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire All-Star forward Kevin Love could include fan favorites Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. In addition, the Bulls could even part with newly signed Nikola Mirotic or first-round pick Doug McDermott.
While tremendous hype has surrounded Mirotic’s arrival and McDermott’s offensive explosion in the NBA Summer League has many Bulls' fans salivating, the idea of adding a talent like Love could make the losses of some of those players a little easier to swallow.
Check out these stats that show why the steep price for Love might be worth it for any team:
- In 2013-14, he had the first season in NBA history with 2000+ points, 800+ rebounds & 100+ 3-pointers made (2010/963/190).
- In 2013-14, he was one of only two players to average 10+ PPG, 10+ RPG & 4+ APG. The other player? Joakim Noah
- He's one of thirteen players in NBA history to average 26+ PPG & 13+ RPG (of the other 12, it's 11 Hall of Famers & Shaquille O'Neal).
8 times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
7 times: Wilt Chamberlain
6 times: Bob Pettit
3 times: Elgin Baylor, Walt Bellamy, Elvin Hayes
2 times: Moses Malone, Bob McAdoo, Shaquille O'Neal
1 time: Billy Cunningham, Kevin Love, George Mikan & Hakeem Olajuwon
- Finished 3rd in Win Shares (a metric found at Basketball-Reference.com estimating the number of wins contributed by a player) in 2013-14
Kevin Durant: 19.2
LeBron James: 15.9
Kevin Love: 14.3
Stephen Curry: 13.4
James Harden: 12.8