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Kevin Love deserves MVP recognition over LeBron James, here's why

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Kevin Love deserves to be this season's NBA MVP.

He won't be, but he deserves to be.

In the current rankings on NBA.com, the Minnesota Timberwolves man is not even listed in the top 10.

He falls behind the likes of Blake Griffin and DeMar DeRozan.

Now we all know either LeBron James of the Miami Hear or Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder will be crowned MVP, but for Love to not even make it into the also rans is a travesty.

We hear so much about the MVP title we forget what it stands for....Most Valuable Player.

Kevin Love is absolutely crucial to the success (albeit limited) of the Timberwolves, more so even than LeBron or KD to their respective teams.

Unlike those two mega stars of the game, Love is not blessed with exceptionally talented teammates to take up some of the strain in games.

Even without Westbrook, Durant has Serge Ibaka, Sefolosha and the experience of Derek Fisher. LeBron has the likes of D-Wade and Bosh for company in Miami.

The Heat coped ok without James for portions of last season too, winning 5 straight without him.

When Love was missing for much of the 2012-13 season the Timberwolves struggled dramatically.

Indeed he sits ahead of all but Kevin Durant in basketball reference's win shares data, the elusive formula that seeks to show a player's worth to a team's success.

And it isn't just his importance either.

Kevin Love matches up with the big guns on the stats sheets too.

Last night, whilst helping his team defeat the Bucks, Love racked up 27 points and 10 rebounds

That was the 36th time that the T-Wolves man had posted over 25 points and 10 rebounds this season - the most by any individual since Kevin Garnett hit the 40 mark for the T-Wolves back in 2003-04.

After coming back from injury, Love is having a career year, averaging 26.5 points and 13.1 rebounds, as well as a markedly improved 4.2 assists in a team that is far less dominant that either the Heat or the Thunder.

That dwarfs Griffin (currently third in the running) by 2.1 ppg, and almost 4 rebounds and in fact should he maintain those numbers he will become only the fifth player in NBA history to do so for a full season - joining the likes of Kareem and Wilt Chamberlain.

Love is arguably the best power forward in basketball right now, and while his offensive productivity has never been questioned, he has also begun to improve the defensive side of his game.

For the first time in his career, the Timberwolves are actually a better defensive unit with Love on the court, with the player having the team's third best defensive rating. 

On a team that ranks seventh in defensive efficiency that isn't bad going.

Ok so he can't compete with LeBron or Durant in term's of stardom and clutch performances, but he deserves to be third at least in this year's MVP running in my humble opinion.

The powers that be may be correct that you must be in the postseason to become MVP, but there isn't much Love can do about that just now.

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