Michael Garcia - March 27, 2012
Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is quietly having an MVP season. Quietly because he plays for the Wolves. The team is currently 11th in the Western Conference playoff chase. Where would they be without Love? Probably heading for having the most ping pong balls in the draft lottery.
It's easy to say that LeBron James is leading the MVP race, thanks to his incredible numbers of 26.8 points per game, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Those are ridiculous averages. But is he more valuable than Love? I contend that Love, with his 26.3 PPG and 13.8 RPG, should be the MVP.
Three nights ago, Love put up 51 points and 14 rebounds against Oklahoma City, as the Wolves fell 149-140. In that game, the 6'10' Love also hit 7-11 from the three point line. He followed that up with a 30 point, 21 rebound performance in a win over Denver. Night in and night out, Love is destroying his opponents.
The problem is that the Wolves don't win enough. Critics might feel that Love wouldn't be putting up such incredible numbers if he was on a superior team, but the fact is, yes he would. Love is a pure basketball player who understands the game. He would be just as effective, if not more, if he had another superstar alongside him.
Minnesota signed Love to a 4 year, $62 million dollar extension in January, now they just need to get a couple more pieces to make them a legit playoff contender - and Love will start collecting the hardware he deserves.
Article by Eric Gray
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