Kevin Love and the 15 Most Improved Players in the NBA

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Kevin Love and the 15 Most Improved Players in the NBA
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Kevin Love is a candidate for MVP, not just MIP.

Kevin Love loves the ball.

Love has been downright dominating down low, and he owns nearly every rebounding statistic in the NBA.

The forward-center is No. 1 in the NBA in offensive (204), defensive (455) and total rebounds (659), rebounds per game (15.7) and rebounds per 48 minutes (20.3).

It doesn't matter whether or not Love is the biggest man on the court; his energy is always high and he works the rim for rebounds relentlessly.

He's so dominant that he leads the league in double-doubles (37) by four over the next closest competitor, and he's worked on scoring the ball, increasing his points by 7.2 per contest.

Overall, Kevin Love is basically the lone bright spot on an otherwise-terrible Timberwolves team, and without him they may have only half of their 10 wins.

If Love were lucky enough to play on a better team, he'd be getting lots of love from the national media and may even be in the MVP race.

Instead, Love has to take the lead in the Most Improved Player debate, and there are many more young basketballers pushing him for MIP this season.

This is a look at the top 15 competitors for the award at the halfway point of the 2010-11 season.

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