Kevin Love Wins NBA's 'White Guy' Award

Kevin Love Wins NBA's 'White Guy' Award

Minnesota Timberwolves center and UCLA alum Kevin Love had some fun when after it was revealed that NBA general managers voted him as the player who makes the most of his “limited natural ability.”

Love is an athletic big man who, at 6′ 10″, was one of the top recruits coming out of high school. At UCLA, he was known for his pinpoint passing and often started fast breaks after made baskets. In the NBA, he has developed mid-range and outside shots and has turned himself into a true dual threat and one of the most skilled and versatile players in the game. He is also a monster on the boards, he has had a 30-30 game in addition to 30-20 and numerous 20-20 games in the league. 

He has plenty of “natural ability,” but Love joked on Twitter on Tuesday that he had simply been awarded the “White Guy” award. 

NBA analyst and former player Steve Kerr joked with Love on Twitter that being white is a “disease that we will face for a lifetime. There is no cure!”

It’s the “White Guy” award!! @APkrawczynski: Another from NBA GM survey: @kevinlove is player who makes most of ‘limited natural ability.’

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) October 22, 2013

Only one black basketball player (former San Antonio Spurs defensive stalwart Bruce Bowen) has won the distinction in the last ten years:

  • 2013: Kevin Love 
  • 2012: Kevin Love 
  • 2011: Kevin Love 
  • 2010: Luis Scola 
  • 2009: Mehmet Okur 
  • 2008: Bruce Bowen
  • 2007: Steve Nash 
  • 2006: Steve Nash 
  • 2005: Brad Miller 
  • 2004: Brian Cardinal