Kevin Love Wins NBA Most Improved Player Award

As most expected, Minnesota's Kevin Love has won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The third-year forward received 400 of a possible 586 points to win the award over Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Golden State's Dorrel Wright, the league announced. Love finished with 66 first-place votes, 21 second-place votes and seven third-place votes.

Love wins the award after becoming the first player since Moses Malone in 1982/83 to average at least 20 points and 15 rebounds a game in a season. He also tallied 53 double-doubles in a row, a streak we haven't seen since Elvin Hayes did it 55 times in 1973/74. Love earned his first All-Star berth for his efforts, even though his Timberwolves finished with the worst record in the league. 

Aldridge finished with 11 first-place votes, while Wright picked up 16. Derrick Rose, the likely NBA MVP, picked up 11 first-place votes. Other players receiving a first-place vote include Kyle Lowry, Russell Westbrook, Arron Afflalo, Wesley Matthews, Jrue Holiday, Roy Hibbert, DeMar DeRozan and Kris Humphries

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.