Sep
10

With MVP talks swirling around, I throw down my two cents and suggest that all you need is……

Keywords: kevin love, mvp, kobe bryant, lebron james, minnesota

Love is all you need. Now to put the obvious and way too easy Beatles reference aside, let me get to my main point. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been terrible for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I would always get them confused with the Milwaukee Bucks, thats how irrelevant they were. But now they are one of my favorite teams to watch, and if the season ended today, they would be in the playoffs. All thanks to Kevin Love.

 

Before I make the case for Love, I’ll put my opinion into why some of the “clear” choices do not deserve it. Lebron James has amazing stats, 28 points, 7 assist, 8 rebounds per game. That is a sensational stat line. However he has teammates that are also perennial All Stars in Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. Lebron gets a ton of help and once again this season he is lacking the clutch gene.

 

Kobe Bryant is always an easy choice, plus he is leading the league in points per game with almost 29 a night. Kobe still has the ability to dominate a game, however the guys around him have not been too strong other than Pau Gasol. Kobe is still really the focal point of the Lakers offense, which is why he gets so many points. The Lakers are not very good though, and although they have a better record than the Twovles, you still expect better from Los Angeles.

 

You could also make a case for Kevin Durant who has led the Thunder to the best record in the NBA. But the Thunder stole the Supersonics from Seattle so the Durantula loses points on this one. Well my bitterness aside, Durant also has a great cast around him, yet if I were to give the award to any of these three other than Love, Durant would definitely be a close second.

Finally, we get to Kevin Love. He is averaging 25.5 points per game, about ten higher than his career average. He pulls down 14 rebounds a game, I watch the Knicks every game and we are lucky if we see at least one Knick get that many boards once a week or so. Arguably his best teammate is the rookie from Spain, Ricky Rubio. Although Rubio looks like he can potentially be a great NBA player, he is very inconsistent as things stand right now. Love has hit game winners and buzzer beaters, he has made the Timberwolves relevant, he is the best power forward in the league today. He is the Most Valuable Player.