NBA Prodigy Kevin Love Records 52nd Consecutive Double-Double to Set NBA Record - Page 2
Love has averaged 21 points and 16 rebounds per game in 65 games played this season. The combination of these averages have typically only been put up in full seasons by some of the NBA's greatest of all time. In fact, none of the greatest combination rebounder/scorers in the NBA's modern era have recorded those combined averages in a single season in their illustrious careers, outside of Moses Malone's aforementioned '78-'79 MVP season when he set the original consecutive games double-double record at 51.
Aside from the individual statistical comparisons of Love's current season versus the best combination rebounder/scorers in the modern area(and of any era) is what glaringly stands out as a colossal difference between them that sets Love apart from them all. Each of the players listed in the figure above had their best season for a team that finished with a winning record and made the NBA playoffs.
Not only is Love having an epically historic season in points and rebounds, he's doing it for a team that is void of any other talent and has close to a league worst 16 wins in 66 games for a .242 winning percentage. Only Shaquille O'neal's rookie campaign with the Orlando Magic, in which he had his best statistical season in combined points and rebounds, had as little as 41 wins, the least of any team listed above in their superstar's greatest season.
Before Kevin Love's historic night, only eight other players, before and after the modern era, had ever eclipsed 50 consecutive games recording a double-double. All eight of them — Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Walt Bellamy, Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes, Jerry Lucas and Bill Russell — have been inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame.
Love has only the double-double streaks of the pre-modern era to pass. At this point moving forward, he will have to record four more consecutive double-doubles to replace Elvin Hayes' 55 for the NBA's Capital Bullets in '73-'74, which is second all-time. Beyond that, only the legendary folk-hero and basketball pioneer, Wilt Chamberlin's impossible streak of 227 consecutive recorded double-doubles will be in play for Love.Continued on the next page