This season, we’ve seen the Minnesota Timberwolves show that they can be a definite contender in the Western Conference at times. At others, they look pretty much like what we expected going into the 2013-2014 campaign: A bit above average. The way these guys play when at their best, though, has me thinking playoffs for the Twin Cities.
One of the biggest reasons why the Wolves have been able to stay afloat in the competitive West is, of course, due to their leader and beloved big man Kevin Love. After missing most of last season due to injuries, Love has been healthy and at his best nearly the whole year thus far.
If he continues at this pace, Love will be most certainly in the top of the MVP discussion along with guys like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. What separates Love from the rest of them, though?
On the season, Love has averaged 25.2 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and just under one steal per game. He’s shot the ball right around 45 percent overall and has averaged making almost three baskets from beyond the arc per game, shooting the long ball at 39 percent.
At the moment, Love is tied for 3rd in the league in scoring and remains 1st in rebounding. He can burn you from deep seemingly at will sometimes. He will wrestle you to the ground in order to secure a rebound. He has the ability to back just about anyone down in the paint, turn and score. He’s one of the best all-around players in the game today, without question.
For Love to be leading the way in rebounding across the entire NBA and also sit 3rd in scoring is nothing short of incredible. Out of the other guys in the conversation, Paul is the only one to hold a top-3 position in major categories (steals and assists). Love will be the sole reason the Wolves make the playoffs. Without him, well, you remember what happened last year.
Love, without a doubt, means the most to his team and thus should be a unanimous MVP selection if he can hold down his current pace.