For the past 10 seasons, Pau Gasol has reigned supreme as the NBA’s premier crazy on-court face maker. It’s been a legendary run, with his 2010 playoff performance being hailed as one of the greatest melty face displays in the history of the league.

But times have changed. There’s a new crazy face king in town. His name is Kevin Love.

Just have a look at these amazing faces, all of which come from this season.

There is no way he missed this dunk. Not with eye focus like that.

This is serious. This is a man who is shooting the most intense layup to have ever been shot. This is a man who is doing a Dennis Reynolds impersonation.

Fairly calm, I’ll admit, but that’s probably because he’s seven feet from the basket where its mystical face-bending powers aren’t as strong. Still nice and grimace-y though.

I call this one the “Hey, I’m Walkin’ Here” because this is the look on your face when you say that on a New York City street.

Feels like he’s just trying to keep his rep up here. Like if he didn’t shoot a layup with his mouth wide-open, no one would take his crazy faces seriously.

“Whoooooooaaaaaa!!!” — Kevin Love here or Wayne Campbell during an extreme closeup

And this is the side view of the “Whoooooooaaaaaa!!!” This photo proves Kevin Love likes to give every fan something special, no matter where in the arena they’re sitting.

Dunks are scary. No wonder Kevin Love doesn’t play defense.

An instant classic. Also the most Trey Kerby-looking picture if you’re scoring at home.

His face is so intense that you don’t even notice his arm veins about to explode. Impressive.

Do you think Kevin Love can fit a fist in his mouth? Probably.

This is actually Wayne Rooney.

Did you realize Kevin Love has braces? You do now.

This has to be a joke. There’s no way Kevin Love needs his face this strained. It must be an impersonation of one of those squawky dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park.”

Amazing luck that this photo was snapped at the exact moment Kevin Love was turned to stone.

Even in a preseason game, Kevin Love made clear that he was gunning for that No. 1 spot on the crazy face rankings.

As you can see, the evidence supports Kevin Love’s ascendancy, and that’s even without including this legendary shot. I never thought Pau Gasol would be unseated, but I welcome our new champion.

May he reign with crazy faces for years to come.

Comments (18)

  1. 3rd pic from the end: “Tony Robbins Hungry”

  2. hahah this is nuts. that face is hard to make even if u try

  3. When I looked at the collage of all the pictures, I couldn’t help but imagine him screaming “Ah, ah , AHH, ah, ugh, AH, AAAH,” etc. for each one. Different levels of intensity and emphasis for each one, but each one an “ah.” It makes it more funnierer.

  4. looks like he is having a monster shit – but he is is fighting like mel gibson in braveheart

  5. For some reason I got a real kick out of the fact that you linked to that BDL post that you also wrote. It looks like you’re the foremost NBA gameface expert.

  6. No mention of the departed master of goofy faces, Andrei Kirilenko?

  7. Shoutouts to Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and Andrei Kirilenko. There’s lots of great crazyfacers out there.

  8. Gasol’s has been playing farther away from the basket and his faces have been considerably less crazy.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  9. Kev Love is cute, x

  10. Very insightful. And what about Blake’s koopa-troopa faces?

  11. In that first collage, he sort of looks like a white version of Rasheed Wallace.

  12. I feel like Jonas Valanciunas has Kevin Love crazy face potential. Just me?

  13. Collage is great. Lmao

    And yes, making a different “AHH” for each in your head makes it that much better. Not sure what to do for the thirds in the 1st row and the last in the 2nd row though..

  14. manchester united defender Phil Jones is the EPL version of this

  15. The hobo beard actually makes it scarier

  16. This is SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. You gotta appreciate how K Love and Ricky Rubio are making the “neck beard” cool this year.

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