Minnesota Timberwolves Real MVP Is Not Just Kevin Love

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IApril 15, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Team Shaq drives against John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and Team Chuck during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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As the season has progressed, the Timberwolves finally saw their star explode and continue to excel beyond belief.  Kevin Love has transformed over the past two seasons into a premier scorer and rebounder. 

Last season, Love set the record for consecutive double-doubles and led the league in the rebounding category at 15.2 a game, while adding just over 20 points a game.

This season may have seen a slight dip in his rebounding—he's now second in the league behind Dwight Howard—but he's increased his offensive with his point total up to a stunning 26 points a game.  There is no doubt that his talent has grown over the past few seasons, making him one of the best forwards in the league. 

Although according to Sir Charles Barkley, Love is the greatest power forward in the NBA.  To doubt that Love is the actual MVP talent on the Timberwolves squad would be idiotic, but remember, he cannot do all of the dirty work alone.

Just as Jordan had Pippen, Love has, or, better stated, had Rubio.  The talented and wizard-like rookie point guard had a stunning season for the T’Wolves.  There had been a vast amount of critics waiting for Rubio to be a bust, yet he proved almost everyone wrong.  Rubio even had his name in the Rookie of the Year battle until his season ending injury.

With Rubio guiding the Wolves, the team was lurking through the bushes to the NBA playoffs.  Once Ricky hit the deck, and could no longer lead the team and provide Love with much needed assistance, the playoff dreams had vanished into thin air.

Since he suffered the torn ACL against the Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled as a team.  The team has posted a poor record of 4-16, which slammed the door shut on the playoff hunt. 

What Rubio brought to the team was cohesion at the very core.  Ricky showcased a pass first, shoot second attitude, which sparked the entire offense, not just Love.  Though, what benefited Love had been the ability of Rubio to manipulate defenders to feed the post-loving Kevin.

The sad sight of Rubio landing awkwardly after colliding with Kobe Bryant ended the great record the Wolves had put up, but the season is not a total loss.  The Timberwolves have found their bread and butter in their two very different, yet distinct MVP players, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.