The Minnesota Timberwolves season is over. It mercilessly came to an end a week ago in a 121-102 loss to the Houston Rockets. With that, today we’re taking a look at our roster and handing out a few awards of our own, specifically for the Timberwolves!
First off, the Most Valuable Player for the Wolves this season. This one’s a no brainer, the Wolves’ MVP=Kevin Love. A first-time all-star, set a new record for consecutive double-doubles since the ABA/NBA merger (53), lead the league in total rebounds and rebounds per game and is the likely candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year! Love expanded his game this year with the three-point shot and with Big Al out of the picture, Love got a bump in minutes and his production skyrocketed. He lead the Wolves and the League in rebounds and rebounds per game as well as leading the Wolves in points per game. Kevin Love is your Timberwolves MVP!
Most Improved Player: This is also a no-brainer. The likely candidate to win the League MIP is Kevin Love, the winner of the Wolves MIP is…KEVIN LOVE! With a bump in minutes came a big bump in his stats as well as his popularity in Minnesota and in the League!
Most Disappointing Player: Any Timberwolves fan could name this one right off the bat, it was and is without a doubt the second-year guard Jonny Flynn. Offseason hip surgery saw him miss the first part of the season. Upon his return, we (Wolves fans) had high expectations for Flynn to take over his starting spot from Ridnour and thrive and improve upon his rookie year. Those high expectations were not met, not even close, disappointing; it was beyond disappointing. Needless to say with Rubio on his way, Ridnour on the books for another 3 years and a strong chance of Irving being our first pick, I think it’s more than safe to say Flynn has played his last game for the TWolves game.
“Best” Reserve: There are certainly a few more candidates for this one. The Wolves got great performances from Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver & Martell Webster. They were certainly the three best reserves on this team, but lets try and weed some of these guys out. First off, Randolph didn’t join the Wolves till just before the Trade Deadline, so he played less than half a season for the Wolves, although that time was solid I think we can eliminate him. Both Martell Webster and Anthony Tolliver were down with separate injuries during the season, but both were key contributors for the Wolves. Martell Webster was in and out with his performance. Anthony Tolliver wasn’t a big offensive player or really a great defensive player, but every time he got out there he hustle and worked extremely hard. My “best”/key reserve goes to first-year Timberwolf Anthony Tolliver.
“Mr. Hustle”: No more than 2 sentences ago I gave you my pick for “Mr. Hustle”. Anthony Tolliver got out there every night and according to almost every Wolves reporter he was the hardest working man on the roster. In early, out late, a desire to succeed and the determination to put in the time. Anthony Tolliver is your Timberwolves “Mr. Hustle”!
Those are your award-winners, that’s all for now. Stay tuned all summer for some updates on your favorite sports team. We’ll also be bringing you some player biographies, coaching updates, free agent outlooks, CBA updates, draft outlook(s), the Wolves’ biggest needs & we’ll take a look and keep you up to date on what all your favorite Wolves players and what they’re working on this summer. Stay tuned, until then, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!!
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