Will Kevin Love receive a deserved All-Star selection?

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Love is well-worthy of being the Wolves' first All-Star since '07.
The announcement coming Thursday night will either have a scent of Brut, or smell just plain brutal for Wolves forward Kevin Love. The NBA All-Star reserves will be revealed on TNT this evening (6 p.m. Central); the starters, as voted in by fans, were named last week. The game will be played on Sunday, February 20.

In recent days, the Timberwolves released the brilliant "NUMB#ERS" campaign, a faux fragrance advertisement aimed at making a final push for Love's deserved All-Star bid. If you've yet to watch the vid, read on. We've embedded the clip. This is a must see.

The Wolves were reported to have sent "NUMB#RS" to the 14 Western Conference head coaches outside of this tundra; opposing conference coaches vote in the All-Star reserves. Coaches cast seven votes, including two for guards, two for forwards, one at center, and two players regardless of position. Head coaches cannot vote for their own players. For the Western team, injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was voted in by his ubiquitous outpouring of overseas support; Ming's replacement will be named by NBA Commissioner David Stern. It wouldn't be surprising if Stern named L.A. Lakers power forward Pau Gasol to appear in Ming's stead.

Love--the league leader in both rebounding (15.5 per) and double-doubles (43) while shooting 44 percent from 3--is part of a six-man race among conference forwards vying for three reserve spots. With Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Denver's Carmelo Anthony voted to start by the fans, three of these six men should be named: Love, LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland, Tim Duncan of San Antonio, rookie Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers, Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, and Zach Randolph of Memphis.

There's little doubt that the Wolves' poor 11-37 record will stunt Love's support base. Even though Love recorded the league's first 30/30 game since Moses Malone accomplished the feat in the 1982-83 season, and is pacing to become the first player to average at least 20 points and 15 rebounds since Malone did so in that same season, players on losing teams have a shaky track record of being of All-Star selection.

A recent study by Spain's Jose Manuel Garcia, who runs the website NBA All-Star, revealed that, from 1985-2010, just 17 percent of All-Star reserves hail from losing teams. In addition, Garcia notes that the most "losing" player to ever be selected was former Cleveland Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was chosen despite playing for a club with a lowly 9-38 record (.191 win clip).

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