2011 NBA Most Improved Goes To…
In high school, winning “most improved player” is often deemed a slap in the face. Maybe it goes to the token cheerleader of the team who knows he’s not very good, or the player who thinks he’s really good and then realizes he never actually was. “Just how bad was I?” he thinks. I remember my freshman year when a buddy won the award — he threw it away. But, in the NBA, winning the Most Improved award is a little bit different. For these three players, it means going from productive to really good, or in the case of Kevin Love, great.
1). Kevin Love (Minnesota) – When Kevin Love left UCLA for the NBA, the general consensus was that he would be a decent glue guy for a good team. Pundits questioned his lack of athleticism and dexterity, and wondered whether a below-the-rim player could consistently get his shot off against longer athletes.
But, in his third season, Love now leads the NBA in rebounding and has become a surprisingly stout defender, and a reliable offensive option.