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NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Kevin Love Still An MVP Candidate

SB Nation's latest 2012 NBA MVP Power Rankings are out and once again, the Minnesota Timberwolves are represented by Kevin Love. Currently being behind names like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard is nothing to sneeze at for a player on a mediocre team like Love, but he's certainly earned the title of MVP candidate with his numbers so far in the 2012 NBA season.

5. Kevin Love Timberwolves 24.9 points on .559 TS%, 13.9 rebounds 6
Love is falling off of his Kareem pace (25-15), but 25-14 or 25-13 will do the trick. Something to keep in mind when considering Love's value: the Timberwolves are actually an average team these days! That's no small matter for a club that went 32-132 the past two seasons. Without Love, the Wolves would be back on that sort of pace ... or worse.

Time will tell if Love's form translates into some more Wolves wins, because if it does it will be a lot harder to dismiss the big guy's contributions to the team and in the MVP race. Either way, if he keeps his successful season up at the pace he's at he'll be impossible to ignore either way.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.