Do you hear that surprised reaction coming from NBA fans around the country? Yea, neither do I.
In what has been expected for for more than a few months, Timberwolves All-Star center Kevin Love will be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player today.
Love’s numbers this season improved across the board from last season. He averaged six more points per game this season (20.2) than his efforts in 2009-10, but his biggest contribution to the Minnesota Timberwolves came from his work on the boards.
Love averaged a league-leading 15.2 rebounds per game and had 53 double-double’s this season, good enough for the longest double-double streak in the NBA. Also not to be forgotten is his 31 point, 31 rebound night against the Knicks early this season, which was the first 30/30 game since Moses Malone’s in 1982.
The announcement will be made official very soon, but there’s no doubting Love’s name could’ve been engraved on this award since midseason.