Kevin Love snagged the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year Award, along with the rebounding title, and an All-Star appearance.
Let's be clear, when we say: "continued improvement", we can assume Love won't be the NBA's Most Improved Player of 2011-12 and will have to have a "hell-of-a-year" to break into the All-Star game once again. The reason of course, the bevy of incredible forwards in the West: Dirk Nowitzki (DAL), Luis Scola (HOU), Blake Griffin (LAC), Pau Gasol (LAL), Zach Randolph (MEM), LaMarcus Aldridge (POR), Tim Duncan (SAS) and Paul Millsap (UTA). And of course, there are a number of forwards that could easily breakout in the West: David Lee (GSW), Serge Ibaka (OKC), J.J. Hickson (SAC) and Derrick Favors (UTA).
However, the Minnesota Timberwolves' longest-tenured player could easily match and exceed last year's performance(s). One big reason? According to a story from the Portland Tribune, the All-Star forward has apparently been working out vigorously this summer and has dropped 25 pounds (from 265 to 240). According to his long-time personal trainer: Love is in the best shape he's ever seen him. Love will increase his longevity with less wear and tear on his knees. He's also been working on his lower body strength in his legs which should counter those pounds lost. At 23, Kevin Love states that this is the best shape he's been in since his freshman year of high school.
Love has also been working on his mid-range and close-range shots. Also with the weight loss, Love will be more mobile on both ends of the court hopefully improving his defensive skill set.
Love is a great player, but with all these versatile forwards currently on the roster (Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Martell Webster, Lazar Hayward, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Tolliver), Rick Adelman may look to "share the sugar" and Love may not be getting as many minutes per game.
All in all, we'll just have to wait and see. We'll get our first chance when the Timberwolves duel the Milwaukee Bucks in their two shortened NBA preseason games. That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!