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The other side of Kevin Love’s outlet passes, where Calvin Johnson comparisons make sense

Dec 22, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Kevin Love’s outlet passes are a thing of beauty to any basketball lover. I could watch the above video over and over. Actually, while embedding it into this post, I did.

Outlet passes are an overlooked skill, and Love is the best outlet passer the NBA has seen in quite some time. Players like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are also good outlet passers and have been around seemingly forever, but they don’t turn outlets into highlights as regularly as Love.

When watching Love’s best outlets, though, it’s easy to forget about the player on the receiving end.

In Minnesota, that’s often Corey Brewer, and he has to make some impressive catches to make the plays work.

Brewer, via Steve McPherson for ESPN:

“I played receiver — it’s basically the same,” he said. “If I’m running a route, when I come out of my break or my cut, the ball is there. Kevin’s throwing it to a spot, so you’re actually running to the spot. So when I look at him and I know he’s going to throw it, I just try to run. If I can get in front of the last defender, I just know it’s going to drop right there. If it’s just a regular point guard, go for it. It’s like a smaller defensive back on Calvin Johnson.”

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  1. dyn0myte - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    While certainly impressive, it’s easier to do if you don’t take the ball out of bounds after a made shot – 1:09

  2. antistratfordian - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    That’s old school.

  3. helpingverbs - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    McHale expounded on his outlet passing ability coming out of UCLA. Since he gets mucho rebounds and looks every time to wing it down he gets way more than anybody else in the game. The guy’s all-around talent is simply stunning. This vid doesnt even come close to showing his total full court outlet ability!

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