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Kevin Love named to All-Star team as a reserve

Hey, now. Kev’s an All-Star.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Cavaliers may stink right now, but Kevin Love hasn’t stunk this year. The Cavaliers starting center has been named by NBA coaches as an All-Star reserve this year.

Love will be entered into the All-Star Draft pool to be inevitably chosen very late in the draft as fundamental boxouts and spot-up three-point shooting don’t historically trend well at All-Star Games.

With that said, amid the chaos for the Cavs, Kevin Love has had a great year. He’s averaging 18.6 points and 9.4 rebounds while battling with behemoths consistently for position on the interior. Up until Isaiah Thomas arrived, Love was thriving as a second option for the Cavaliers and helped lead them to strong offensive outings on most nights even as the defense remained inconsistent.

He’s never going to be a defensive anchor, and his limitations have certainly been exposed next to Jae Crowder in the starting frontcourt. With that said, he’s definitely earned his All-Star spot and is a big reason for whatever success the Cavs have had this season.