When it comes to ball movement, the burden generally rests with the point guard. As the initiator of the offense, the man at the point lubricates the engine that powers each possession. Big men are generally the finishers, recipients of decent, crisp or wayward passes, rewarded for their hard work of screens and seal-offs.
But if you haven’t heard, Kevin Love and Josh McRoberts aren’t your average bears. They not only initiate, they assist flashy finishes. While Love is a better scorer (26.3 ppg) than McRoberts (8 ppg), both deliver dishes at the same rate (4.1 to 4.3 apg, respectively) with unique flair.
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Love contorts his body as soon as he corrals a defensive rebound to look for his crime partner Corey Brewer, who whizzes under a lofted pass for a flying finish. Love doesn’t throw his passes; he flicks them. His motion is bereft of any strain you’d think would come with moving a basketball 80 or so feet in the air. There have been a couple of times other teams have noticed and denied the completion. But the Wolves duo, the closest to a Joe Montana-to-Jerry Rice combo in the NBA, seems intent on testing flat-footed and sleepy defenses for a quick two.
McRoberts gets his help on in another vein: the half-court offense. If Love is a hardwood quarterback in the mold of a deep thrower, McRoberts is a visionary who uses body position, impressive ball-handling and passing angles to weave bounce passes to cutting teammates on the baseline and in the lane. Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo have been willing beneficiaries of his generosity:
Though Love ultimately gives you more on the court, the guy in Charlotte isn’t a slouch with the ball in his hands. Defenders caught ball-watching stand a chance of joining McRoberts’ impressive film roll this season.