Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
2012-13 stats: 18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Kevin Love's value really snapped into focus last season when he wasn't on the court for the Timberwolves. With their hugely valuable power forward either struggling or out altogether due to a broken hand, Minnesota limped to a 22-42 mark without their star and fell way short of the playoff sleeper buzz they had been getting in the buildup to the season. The struggles can be traced directly to the absence of Love, whose superlative 2011-12 effort (39.0 minutes, 26.0 points, 13.3 rebounds per game) earned him an All-NBA Second Team spot and a sixth place finish in MVP voting. Having just turned 25 years old in September, it's essentially a lock that Love return to form this year and reassert his dominance.