Kevin Love matches Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger.
Posted by Matt Moore
Kevin Love notched his 51st straight double-double Monday night, matching Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.
The double-double is seen as the standard mark for efficient productivity, particularly in points and rebounds for big men. Having such consistency to produce 10 or more in two areas of production means you're not just a scorer, or just a rebounder, but a package that provides for contributions in more than one area. Having a double-double in one game is a good night's work. To average it is a remarkably impressive season. Love?
Kevin Love is averaging 21 points and 16 rebounds, leads the league in rebounding, and just passed the great Moses Malone for most consecutive double-doubles since the merger.
The next player for Love to pass is Elvin Hayes, who had 55 straight double-doubles in 1973-1974.
Imagine if Love was on a team that was in any way relevant, even a team pushing for a playoff spot. How good would he be considered? Love has a lot to establish in terms of defense and versatility, but to have this kind of production so early in his career is simply incredible.