Kevin Love Won’t Win MVP, But He Deserves Consideration

Chances are that you’ve probably seen the last of Kevin Love for the remainder of the NBA season.

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Timberwolves standout power forward suffered a mild concussion. With the Wolves no longer in serious pursuit of a playoff spot, there’s really no reason to get Love back on the court.

And in the case of players like Anthony Randolph (who has 44 points and eight blocks over the last two games), Love’s injury gives the Wolves an opportunity to get a long look at some of the bench players.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is averaging 26 points per game this season. Associated Press photo

It’s been a phenomenal season for Love, who just keeps getting better and better with every year of NBA experience. If he really is finished for the season, Love would have 2011-12 numbers of 26 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. In March, he became the first player ever to lead the NBA in scoring, rebounding and 3-point shooting for an entire month.

He ranks in the top five in scoring and rebounding in addition to his long-range shooting prowess. So it begs the question:

Can Love win the NBA’s MVP award?

Probably not. The award may be an individual one, but it does require team success. And with the Wolves in last place in the Northwest Division at 25-35, it would be pretty stunning to see Love get the nod.

But he is unquestionably worthy of consideration, and a finish outside of the top five in MVP voting would be outrageous.