Any NBA fan not related to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, who says that they knew that the big man would become the dominant force in the Association as quickly as he has after playing one season for UCLA during the 2007-2008 campaign; either could give Nostradamus a run for his money in forecasting the future, or is an out-and-out liar. The T-Wolves All-Star forward was named the Association’s Most Improved Player last season; however the stats that won him the honor last season, pale in comparison to the numbers he has put up through the first 50 games of the current campaign.
K-Love is fourth in the Association in the scoring department as he is averaging 26.3 points per contest and the second leading rebounder in the NBA as he has grabbed 13.8 boards per game, trailing only Orlando Magic center who is averaging 14.8 rebounds per game. Over the past weekend Love added to his legend with two incredible performances; he knocked down a career high 50 points while getting 14 rebounds as Minnesota fell to the one-two punch of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the Thunder held on for a 149-140 victory.
Sunday night the Minnesota star led his team to a win over the Sacramento Kings 117-100; as he scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for the night. Over the last five games the forward now in his fourth year in the Association, has averaged 31.0 points and 14.8 rebounds per game; as the club went 2-3 over that stretch.
Minnesota has a record of 24-26; with 16 games left in the regular season; they are currently Utah, Houston and Denver by two and a half games for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, with Phoenix one game ahead of the team in the standings as well. Unfortunately the Timberwolves record will most likely keep their All-Star forward out of the discussion for NBA MVP, even though the numbers he has put up this season would make him a valid choice to win the award. With his team seemingly out of contention; he probably will not be a serious threat to capture the honor.
Minnesota now has a player who has the potential to become as dominant a player as their former All-Star forward Kevin Garnett. It is up to Team President David Kahn and Owner Glen Taylor to lock this young man up long-term; because if they are unable to complete that task, they may become the most despised tandem in the entire state.