With the expected Kevin Love trade and issues slowly dissipating into the background, Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com decided it would be cool to assess why Love has never gotten any ‘love’ from Minnesota in terms of roster help. Love has never gotten the chance to play with another All-Star caliber teammate and hasn’t even gotten to play with a top-40 player during his six-year career. Over the span of his playing days, Haberstroh says K-Love should have played with at least seven All-Stars and the only time that has happened was a weekend in February the past few seasons.
However, on the other end of the spectrum sits none other than San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker. If you enjoy math or graphs, then this stat is for you. Parker has had 23 All-Star teammates over his illustrious career. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker himself are the main culprits with Duncan gaining All-Star status 14 times, with Ginobili earning the distinction twice, and Parker helping his own case six times. I suppose you can count that as having an All-Star teammate.
To put that into perspective, LeBron James has had “only” 14 teammates of the same caliber. Kevin Durant has had nine (he’s been over half of those with five by himself), Chris Paul has had 12, and even Paul George has had five in his fairly short career so far. Clearly, Minnesota has been doing something wrong and Love finally broke down, demanded a trade, and will play on one of the most stacked teams in the league this upcoming season (assuming the trade goes through in a few days).
Parker is certainly one of, if not the luckiest, basketball players in the league and he will surely be the first to tell you as much. Playing with a bunch of great players is clearly one way to keep your stars around and maybe one reason why LeBron decided going back to Cleveland was best for him. He’ll have Love now, Kyrie Irving, and a bunch of role players he’s very familiar with like Anderson Varejao and Mike Miller.