Kevin Love is NBA MVP Right Now

By Daniel Karpuc
Kevin Love
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In 29 games played this season, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love has put up insane numbers. Check this out. He’s averaging 26.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, all of which are over his great career numbers of 18.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He has literally done it all for a Timberwolves squad who would be reduced to nothing without him.

He ranks third in the NBA in points per game, leads the league in rebounding and ranks second among power forwards and centers in assists.

Let’s take a look at his last five games. These outputs have been commonplace for the UCLA Bruins alum, as he establishes himself as one of the NBA’s elite players. On Dec. 18, he put up 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in 41 minutes in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Two days later, against the Los Angeles Lakers, he scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds. That’s now considered a down-game for him.

Well, he responded with a ridiculous 45 points, 19 rebounds and six assists next time out against the Los Angeles Clippers, which appeared on my 30 Greatest Performances of 2013 list. In that game, he hit 15-of-23 shots, all while pulling down 19 boards against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The next time out, he had 25-and-11 against the Washington Wizards, before having 33 points, 15 rebounds and six assists against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The guy literally does it all for his squad. He leads his team in minutes, points per game, rebounding, player efficiency rating and is second in assists.

The other top candidates for MVP are Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Chris Paul. James and Paul are on teams with other stars, so I automatically put them on the back burner. Durant is the “1a” selection to Love at this point. With co-star Russell Westbrook suffering injuries, Durant has led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 25-5 start, all while scoring 28.5 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He leads the league in scoring.

While Durant’s season has been spectacular up to this point, I still think Love is able to make more out of nothing, leading a team that would certainly struggle without him. His ability to take over the game on the boards, as well as by knocking down buckets, makes him a dual threat, and I’m very excited to see how far he can bring this Timberwolves team. My guess is that they end up with a seventh or eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Come season’s end, Love will most likely be snubbed as an MVP candidate, with Durant and James leading the way yet again. All three selections are valid, as all three are superstars, but as of right now, I’d send in my vote for Mr. Love.

Dan Karpuc is a college basketball writer and NBA contributor for Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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