Kevin Love would spend the first six years of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves where he was the team's star, but the T-Wolves lacked much else, and he never made the playoffs while he played there. LeBron James would return to Cleveland, and the Cavs would orchestrate a trade to bring Love to the Cavaliers to join him and Kyrie Irving. Love was now the number three option on a superteam, but like many stars, he had to take time to adjust, and eventually, he found his footing. The triumvirate would take Cleveland to their first NBA Championship in 2016.
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As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers were formed in 1970, but it was not until they drafted LeBron James. They would reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 2007, but James grew frustrated and took his talents to the Miami Heat. He returned and brought Kevin Love with him and joined a team that had Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers would win the Eastern Conference four years in a row (2015-18), and they would win their first and only championship in 2016.
As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.
The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. LeBron James
2. Mark Price
5. Larry Nance
We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.
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Kevin Love was brought in to be the third piece of the Cavaliers with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and it resulted in an NBA Championship. His All-Star days are likely behind him, and there is a good chance that there won't be a significant addition to his resume. He probably has enough now, but the career narrative on Love is not as strong as it used to be. Previous Rank: #18.