Rising Minnesota Timberwolves star, Kevin Love, has reportedly been chosen as this “Most Improved Player.” However, the NBA has yet to make the announcement.
According ESPN, an anonymous source revealed the news, but did not want to be named because they “were not authorized to speak publicly about the award before the announcement.”
Either way, Love is definitely deserving of the honor.
In one short season, Love went from a sixth man on the bench in Minnesota to playing as an All-Star and becoming the NBA’s leading rebounder. He averaged 20.2 points and led the NBA with 15.2 rebounds per game this season, and earned his first All-Star appearance.
Everyone has taken notice.
“The year that he’s had has been unbelievable,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said late in the regular season. “When you average 20 and 15 in this league, that says a lot. It says a lot about how he’s improved from year to year. He’s a guy that plays hard all the time and will continue to improve from year to year.”
After playing two seasons as a bench player for the Wolves, he worked hard all throughout the off-season last summer … and it paid off. In just his third season in the NBA, Love earned career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists (2.5), free throw shooting (85 percent), 3-point shooting (41.7 percent) and minutes (35.8).
Love also broke an NBA record, surpassing Moses Malone’s double-double streak with in an incredible 53 consecutive games, the longest since Elvin Hayes in 1973-74. He also became the first player to score at least 30 points and grab at least 30 rebounds in a game since Moses Malone in 1982, when he had 31 and 31 against the Knicks in November.
With such an incredible season, Love emerged as the new face of the Timberwolves, who haven’t had a franchise player since Kevin Garnett left for Boston in 2007, the same year the Wolves acquired him on draft night.
Love is definitely one of the most promising young players in the game today. The future looks bright for the rising young star.
Despite all his personal accomplishments, Love said toward the end of the season, that he’d trade them for more victories for his team, who finished the season with the worst record at 17-65. He also said he feels he can improve even more in the years to come.
“I think I can make another big leap,” Love said. “There’s always stuff to work on. The great players, and even the good players in this league always add a couple things to their game. I intend on adding more than a couple if I can so I’m going to work my butt off to take another big leap.”