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Love wins rookie of the month

From the Wolves' website:

The NBA today announced that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for March after averaging 15.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 17 March outings. The honor is the first of Love's career and just the third Rookie of the Month Award in franchise history.

Love's 9.6 rebounds per game in March led all NBA rookies, while his 15.8 points per game ranked third. The first-year forward started 16 of 17 games, leading the Wolves in rebounding 13 times and in scoring on five occasions. He tallied 10+ points in 14 of the 17 games, topping 20 three times and recording nine double-doubles. On March 17 at San Antonio, Love tallied 17 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, the second-highest rebounding total by a rookie this season.

For the year, Love leads all rookies in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and double-doubles (25), and his 11.2 ppg scoring average ranks ninth. His player efficiency rating of 18.76 also leads all rookies (min. 20 mpg). Despite averaging just 25.4 mpg on the season, Love ranks second in the NBA in total offensive rebounds with 254 (trailing only Dwight Howard), and he ranks first in offensive rebound percentage and second in total rebound percentage on the season.

We'll talk about it at length in a future post, but nearly all of the good associated with the club this year can be traced to the rookie. 

Until later.