After a rough start, the Minnesota Timberwolves are playing well lately. In fact, they're shaping up to be one of the more surprising teams in the NBA. They have most of that success due to Kevin Love, who has been absolutely lights out so far, coming off a monster season a year ago. Now there's some big news for Love and the Timbervoles, via Sheridan Hoops: Love has reportedly been added to the preliminary Team USA roster for the 2012 Olympics.
The preliminary roster is set at 19 players, all of which are named in the article. It's just preliminary, and will eventually be cut down to 12 players, but Love remains on it for now, which is huge, considering he's still playing on his rookie contract. He joins names like Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. Certainly good company, by anyone's standards.
Love set the double-double record last season with 53 consecutive games, passing Moses Malone's record of 51. He averaged 20.2 points per game and an NBA best 15.2 rebounds per game. He's average 14.9 rebounds per game through nine games this season, and just over 21 points per game on top of that.