What still strikes me as lame is the idea of a double-double. That's not why Kevin Love is brilliant. That's just an easy cut off.
Dale Davis got double-doubles. So does Jose Calderon(notes). Jamie Feick had a few of them, back in 1999-00, and Brendan Haywood(notes) managed a good chunk of them during his time in Washington. All you need is 10 of one thing, and 10 of another.
Kevin Love doesn't do that. The guy averages nearly 21 and 16, and while you can bring up pace and missed shots on Minnesota's side of the court (though those are mitigated by the defensive rebounds Love doesn't get when he and his teammates poorly defend and the shots go in), what does that take Love down to? 19 and 14?
The guy is amazing, full stop. And in a context where we constantly bring up the "where would the Bulls be without Derrick Rose(notes)?" ideal, well, where would the Timberwolves be? Negative 23 wins?