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Grizzlies draft Love with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Memphis Grizzlies drafted forward Kevin Love with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Love previously played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins.

With this selection, the Bruins have gone back-to-back picks. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted guard Russell Westbrook with the fourth overall selection.

Former UCLA Bruins star Kevin Love goes up for a dunk against Shawn Taggart against the Memphis Tigers during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Men's Final Four
Kevin Love goes up for a dunk against Shawn Taggart against the Memphis Tigers during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Men’s Final Four (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Love played one season with the Bruins. He started 38 games and made 39 appearances overall.

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He averaged 17.5 points per game, 10.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in 29.6 minutes per game. Love was also the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year.

The Grizzlies finished last in the Southwest Division with a 22-60 record. They were 34 games behind the Division-leading New Orleans Hornets, who went 56-26.

The team averaged 100.7 points per game. Love would hope to improve that.

He joins a team that already has Andre Brown, Brian Cardinal, Stromile Swift, and Hakim Warrick as power forwards. Warrick was the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 11.4 points per game average.

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This was the Grizzlies’ highest pick since last year when the team selected Mike Conley with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Since the team started, Love is the first player to be taken with the fifth overall pick.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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