On Paper Comparison: Kevin Love vs Dirk Nowitzki

The Dallas Mavericks venture to the North Star State to face the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, 7:00 CST.

Vince Carter has been suspended for the game but the Mavs’ main attraction, the one called Dirk, is ready to go — he’ll match-up against the Wolves double-double machine, Kevin Love, tonight. The two are both long and tall forwards that prefer to stretch the floor rather than bang-around down low. And although Dirk’s accolades leave Love’s existence virtually meaningless, the two have very similar playing styles and I thought it’d be fun to compare. Remember; Dirk is an NBA Champion, an 11-time all-star and playing his 16th season in the league.

 

Love is in his sixth season, a two-time all star and hopes to lead the Wolves to the team’s first postseason appearance in nearly a decade — it would be Love’s first.

Here’s there lifetime numbers.

Rk

Player

G

MP

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

ORB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

1

Kevin Love

292

31.9

.449

.349

.473

.813

3.9

2.0

0.6

0.5

1.9

2.3

17.5

2

Dirk Nowitzki

1113

36.1

.475

.382

.497

.878

1.2

2.6

0.9

0.9

1.9

2.5

22.6

 

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 11/8/2013.

 

You can see Dirk’s been a more prolific scorer, accurate shooter and willing passer through his career than Love but ‘K-Love’ has the edge in rebounding.

Let’s take a look back to when Dirk and Love were prior to entering their sixth seasons and compare the two again.

 

Rk

Player

From

To

MP

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

1

Kevin Love

2009

2014

31.9

.449

.349

.473

.813

12.2

2.0

0.6

0.5

1.9

2.3

17.5

2

Dirk Nowitzki

1999

2004

35.9

.464

.372

.498

.853

8.3

2.4

1.0

1.0

1.8

2.8

20.4

 

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 11/8/2013.

 

If you were asked to choose between a 25-year old Love and Dirk, whom do you pick?

From the table we can tell that Dirk is a pure shooter, he’s carried this reputation with him his entire career. Will Love be able to continue amassing the type of rebounding numbers? He is after-all, Mr. Double-Double.

The last time these two played head-to-head was February 10th of 2012. The Mavs defeated the Wolves 104-97, here’s what they did on the stat sheet.

 

 

Basic Box Score Stats

Starters

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

FT

FTA

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

+/-

Dirk Nowitzki

35:04

11

19

.579

4

7

.571

7

10

.700

1

3

4

3

1

3

1

3

33

+22

Team Totals

240

39

90

.433

9

21

.429

17

23

.739

8

30

38

25

16

8

18

28

104

 

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 11/8/2013.

 

 

 

Basic Box Score Stats

Starters

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

FT

FTA

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

+/-

Kevin Love

40:34

9

18

.500

0

3

.000

14

14

1.000

4

8

12

3

0

0

5

2

32

-14

Team Totals

240

32

79

.405

6

23

.261

27

31

.871

13

34

47

20

7

1

27

21

97

 

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 11/8/2013.

 

Love was a monster getting to the line, where he was a perfect 14 of 14 while Dirk scored 12 points from his outside shooting and managed to hit 7 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Tonight, expect Love to match — or at least try to match, Dirk’s output from long-distance but continue his early campaign for MVP. Dirk – who’s averaging nearly 20 points per game this season on 52 percent three-point shooting – is seemingly making his ‘last stand’ with the Mavs, hoping for one final push at another title. To help with the last-stand, Monta “Have-it-all” Ellis was added during the off season — Ellis leads the team in scoring with 24 points per game, he’s not afraid to shoot the ball.

When their careers are over, IF (Huge if) the Wolves can put a roster of contending players around Love, and he remains healthy, it’s likely we could see an even more prolific Dirk that we’ve already witnessed since the German entered the league in 1998.

For now let’s sit back, relax and decide which commercial featuring the two forwards is funnier.

 

 

Topics: Commercial, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

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