Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Kevin Love Wins Most Improved Player Award

One of the L-Wolves’ lone bright spots this year, Kevin Love will be rewarded for his eye-popping season today by the League. From the Star Tribune: “Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will receive the NBA’s Most Improved Player award Thursday at Target Center. The team tonight called a 2 p.m. Thursday press conference to make a ‘Major NBA Award announcement.’ That can only mean one thing. Love’s award will follow the NBA’s announcement on Monday that Dwight Howard is the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and Tuesday’s news that Lamar Odom is its top Sixth Man. Love left town after last week’s season finale, but he’ll be back by 2 p.m. tomorrow to receive his award for a season in which he often gave Wolves fans their only reason to cheer.”

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  • Ken

    Was he that much better on a per minute basis? I had the impression that he just didn’t get playing time last year. In any case, congrats to him.

  • Anthony

    L.A shuda got it

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Does anyone know when they will name All-NBA Defensive teams? I know All-NBA teams wont be announced until after the MVP.

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    Should of been Luol Deng’s award

  • http://kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    As much as I like Kevin Love, I feel that the media members who voted to give him this award did so because could not vote for him in any other award. Love’s numbers, per 36 minutes are not dramatically different this season over last. The only difference is that Kurt Rambis finally got it through his head that he deserved more minutes per game. Anyone familiar with Love’s game was not surprised that he had the season that he did. Love deserves the accolades he is receiving but the voting committee needs to open their eyes and look at the whole picture. Gotta love Love, but he is not the MIP.

  • Sheed

    GP23… Luol’s stats haven’t improved at all. In fact, he’s averaging less than last season, while playing more minutes.

    I think it should have been Nick Young, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before that happens…

  • Mike Mihalow

    He deserves this award. Much more than the 6th Man award winner, IMO.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @GP23: Why Deng? He is averaged less points (17.4 vs 17.6) and less rebounds (5.8 vs. 7.3) than he did a year ago and he is played more minutes (39.1 vs. 37.9). The only difference is he actually stayed healthy for the whole season (70 games in 09-10). So why does he deserve most improved?

  • Maurice Bobb

    LaMarcus Aldridge?

  • Jono

    Even on crap teams, someones gotta score and rebound. He’s just an above-average player having a career year. Watch him fall back to 14-11 or so next year and for the remainder of his career.

  • riggs

    and if he doesnt, i want you to come here and say that you’re stupid.

  • RunNGun

    What can I say… congrats! K-LOVE’s a west coast guy, so sooner or later, he’ll be a Laker.

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    Derrick Rose (the MVP) even said Luol Deng should have it.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Love does not typically deserve the Most Improved Player award, the only thing of his that improved from last year was an increase in minutes. He didn’t actually improve in any area of his play (he is hitting the 3 ball with more consistency), he is just getting more playing time to do exactly what he has always done. If he would have been granted the same playing time and if Al Jefferson wouldn’t have been in town, Love would have been doing this his rookie year.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Dude what Derrick Rose’s opinion have to do with anything? Just because Rose said he should win the award doesn’t mean he should. Rose’s word is not gospel, and of course he is going to support his teammates, whether or not they honestly deserve it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Of course Derrick “The Horns” Rose is going to support his teammate, he’s a loyal guy. But that doesn’t carry much weight in terms of who actually deserves to win the award. Other than teammate support what justification would there possibly be for Deng to win MIP? Honestly Rose has a better case for himself to be MIP than Deng.

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    You both have good points. And to be fair, your right, rose is obviously biased. I just think he is underrated hugely in this league. He needs more respect, hes helped the bulls just as much as rose to be the number 1 seed. I am also british, so im a big fan of deng. I just think he needs more credit.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Russell Westbrook should have won the award.

  • T-Money

    I know that some of you will say that I’m hating but I’ve caught a few Minny games on LP and at no point did I ever feel like Love’s production was greatly impacting the game.

  • rich

    i dont really mind kevin love winning the award thehre are many people who deserve it and he is one of them. there may have been a better choice but you cant really get too huffed up about it because of the things he did this year on the boards

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  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Well-deserved, but yes, he’s not the only candidate deserving of the award.
    But quiet all that ‘per 36 min’ noise. It’s about production, that’s the bottom line. The guy brought it this year, yes, in increased minutes, but 20 and 15…that’s still bringing it.

  • nbk

    Should have been Rose or Dorrel Wright. those are the literal most improved players in the league, by productivity per minute (that actually played a significant amount of minutes)

  • logues

    jeff foster

  • MtotheS

    Ben handlogten

  • Jono

    Ty Lawson anyone?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    Derrick Rose should win this award too…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    actually before I get called on it, id like to retract that claim. He should have been a candidate, but I would pick Lamarcus Alridge as most improved.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    Actually I take that back, Lamarcus Aldridge is my most improved pick. Rose should have been a candidate though.