8. Double (Double) Shot of Love
It’s no surprise that the Timberwolves are as bad as any team in the NBA, having already clinched the worst conference and division records in the league. But that didn’t stop Kevin Love from a remarkable run of 53 consecutive double-doubles.
Beginning with 24 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to Oklahoma City on Nov. 22, Love’s streak encompassed nearly four months before ending with 12 rebounds but only six points in a loss to Golden State on March 13. The 6-foot-10, 260-pounder had 11 games of at least 20 rebounds and eight of at least 30 points. Three times he eclipsed 20 rebounds and 30 points in the same game. Love’s double-double streak was the longest since Elvin Hayes did it in 55 straight games in 1973-74.
Love has always been a good rebounder, but he improved his average by over four boards per game from last season to this year. With an average of 15.2, Love is a shoo-in to win the NBA rebounding title. Without Love, the Timberwolves might have to consider membership in the D-League.