Kevin Love gets Most Improved Player Award
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love won the Most Improved Player Award, earlier today. He led the NBA in rebounds (15.2 per game), averaged 20.2 points per game, and made his first All-Star appearance despite being on one of the worst-record teams. Watch the video below! Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:
“The year that he’s had has been unbelievable,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said late in the regular season. “When you average 20 and 15 in this league, that says a lot. It says a lot about how he’s improved from year to year. He’s a guy that plays hard all the time and will continue to improve from year to year.”
After finishing his second season in the league as a sixth man, Love worked hard last summer to improve his game. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the world championships in Turkey and went through grueling workouts with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook at a Los Angeles gym.
“The way he works, you should see how hard he goes,” Rose said. “When we work out we don’t do [any] big-man drills. It’s all guard stuff with me and Russ. It’s amazing how hard he works out.”
It all started to pay off in his third season. Love posted career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists (2.5), free throw shooting (85 percent), 3-point shooting (41.7 percent) and minutes (35.8).
He posted a double-double in an incredible 53 consecutive games, the longest such streak since Elvin Hayes in 1973-74 and became the first player to score at least 30 points and grab at least 30 rebounds in a game since Moses Malone in 1982, when he had 31 and 31 against the Knicks in November.