T-Wolves’ Kevin Love is NBA’s Most Improved Player

Kevin Love may have failed to keep the Minnesota Timberwolves from becoming the worst team in the NBA this season, but the 22-year-old center/forward’s personal accomplishments proved enough for him to be named the league’s Most Improved Player.

Love won the MIP award on Thursday after receiving 66 first-place votes for a total of 400 points, more than 200 points ahead of his closest rival, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers. Love led the league in rebounds with a 15.2 per game average, and registered a 20.2-point scoring average. He also had a double-double for 53-consecutive games, the longest such streak since 1974. Love was named to his first All-Star team this season when he was tapped to replace the injured Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Turkey last year.

Love said he is looking forward to improving more in the coming years. “Hopefully there will be more years when I continue to improve,” he said.