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Kevin Love was a leading candidate for MVP of the entire league last season, but we have yet to see the consistent dominance from Kevin Love yet. Not that his stats have been shabby, they’ve just been a step down from what he showed us last season.
No, Kevin Love hasn’t given us enough to declare him the Most Valuable Player for the Timberwolves. Instead, Andrei Kirilenko decided to step up and take leadership of the Wolves.
Every team needs a seasoned player who can step up and take care of the team when all else fails. Chicago has Luol Deng, Boston has Paul Pierce, Miami has LeBron—it’s a stretch to compare Kirilenko to LeBron, but his impact with the Wolves has been equally unmistakable.
At 13 points per game (PPG) and 7.5 rebounds per game (RPG), Andrei Kirilenko is showing us why the Wolves made an effort to bring him in.
He’s been a dominant defensive anchor for the team (really, the only defensive-minded player on the starting roster), his leadership has been wildly evident and the Wolves have struggled mightily in games that he has missed.
His leadership is shown on and off the court, and he has been one of the few solid areas for the otherwise spotty Timberwolves team.
When it comes down to the wire, Andrei Kirilenko has been the player that has won games for the Wolves. As good as Kevin Love and the rest of the team have been, Kirilenko is perhaps the biggest reason that the T-Wolves are still alive in the Northwest Division.