The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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21) Kevin Love

16-year NBA veteran Kevin Love is still playing, though it isn't nearly as good as he was during the 2010s, when he was entering his prime as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love was drafted in 2008–09, and by his third season, he was already putting up monster numbers with 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game.

He followed that up with a 26-point and 13.3 rebound per game season in 11–12, resulting in consecutive all-star appearances. However, his best season of the decade and his career occurred in 13–14, his final season with the Timberwolves, in which he put up a terrific 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. 

That summer, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was paired with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. In Cleveland, Love went from being the top option to being the third offensive option and his stats suffered. He became more of a floor spacer playing with LeBron and Irving, resulting in just scoring, dropping nearly 10 points per game during his first season with the team. 

Despite a dramatic drop in his production, the Cavs went to four straight NBA Finals, with Love ironically making the game-saving defensive stop against Steph Curry to secure the team's first championship ever. In total, Love's 19.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 576 games, as well as four all-star appearances and a title, earn him a spot in the top 25.