Timberwolves’ Kevin Love wins 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award

NEW YORK – Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is the winner of the 2010-11 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a significant improvement from the previous season.

Love received 400 of a possible 580 points, including 66 first-place votes, from a panel of 116 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers (157 points, 11 first-place votes) and Dorell Wright of the Golden State Warriors (124 points, 16 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third place vote received.

Love, who earned his first All-Star berth in 2010-11, set career highs in most categories, including points (20.2 ppg), rebounds (league-leading 15.2 rpg), assists (2.5 apg), double-doubles (64) field goal percentage (.470), three-point field goal percentage (.417) and free throw percentage (.850). Love started all 73 games in which he appeared after starting 22 of 60 during the 2009-10 campaign, and increased his points per game by 44 percent and his rebounds per game by 38 percent. He became the first player to average at least 20 points and 15 rebounds since Moses Malone (24.5 ppg, 15.3 rpg) in 1982-83. Love recorded a club-record 53 consecutive double-doubles, the longest streak in the NBA since Elvin Hayes ran off 55 in 1973-74.

As part of its support of the Most Improved Player Award, Kia Motors America will donate a new Kia Sorento CUV to The Dylan Witschen Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate and honor the life of Dylan and support his dreams and maintain his legacy by providing scholarships to college bound students and raising funds in support of St. Jude’s cancer research efforts.

Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento to the charity of choice of each of four 2010-11 season-end award winners as part of the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 16 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’s prestigious year-end honors began with the 2007-2008 season.

The 2010-11 Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” The series, currently in its fourth season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Most Improved Player, Defensive Player, Sixth Man and Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards. It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards” visit www.NBA.com/performanceawards.

Attached are the 2010-11 voting results and the all-time Kia NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award winners:

2010-11 KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD                                                                                                  

                                                                                1st Place (5 Pts)             2nd Place (3 Pts)            3rd Place (1 pts)                Total

Kevin Love                    Minnesota                     66                                     21                                  7                                       400

LaMarcus Aldridge         Portland                         11                                     29                                  15                                       157

Dorell Wright                 Golden State                  16                                     10                                  14                                       124

Derrick Rose                  Chicago                          11                                     3                                    5                                       69

Kris Humphries              New Jersey                    1                                       13                                  19                                       63

Kyle Lowry                    Houston                         3                                       7                                    12                                       48

Russell Westbrook         Oklahoma City               3                                       6                                    13                                       46

Wesley Matthews           Portland                         2                                       7                                    1                                       32

Jrue Holiday                   Philadelphia                   1                                       2                                    4                                       15

Michael Conley              Memphis                        —                                       3                                    5                                       14

Arron Afflalo                 Denver                           —                                       4                                    1                                       13

Roy Hibbert                   Indiana                           1                                       1                                    1                                       9

DeMar DeRozan            Toronto                          1                                       —                                   1                                       6

Tyler Hansbrough          Indiana                           —                                       1                                    2                                       5

Nick Young                    Washington                    —                                       1                                    2                                       5

Eric Gordon                   L.A. Clippers                 —                                       1                                    2                                       5

Darrell Arthur                 Memphis                        —                                       1                                    1                                       4

Serge Ibaka                    Oklahoma City               —                                       1                                    1                                       4

DeAndre Jordan             L.A. Clippers                 —                                       1                                    1                                       4

Thaddeus Young            Philadelphia                   —                                       1                                    1                                       4

DJ Augustin                   Charlotte                        —                                       1                                    —                                        3

Luol Deng                      Chicago                          —                                       1                                    —                                       3

Amar’e Stoudemire        New York                      —                                       1                                    —                                        3

Tony Allen                     Memphis                        —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Michael Beasley             Minnesota                      —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Elton Brand                    Philadelphia                   —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Tyson Chandler              Dallas                             —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Jared Dudley                  Phoenix                          —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Marcin Gortat                 Phoenix                          —                                       —                                   1                                       1

James Harden                 Oklahoma City               —                                       —                                   1                                       1

Jodie Meeks                   Philadelphia                   —                                       —                                   1                                       1


1985-86                        Alvin Robertson, San Antonio

1986-87                        Dale Ellis, Seattle

1987-88                        Kevin Duckworth, Portland

1988-89                        Kevin Johnson, Phoenix

1989-90                         Rony Seikaly, Miami

1990-91                        Scott Skiles, Orlando

1991-92                        Pervis Ellison, Washington

1992-93                        Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver

1993-94                        Don MacLean, Washington

1994-95                        Dana Barros, Philadelphia

1995-96                        Gheorghe Muresan, Washington

1996-97                        Isaac Austin, Miami

1997-98                        Alan Henderson, Atlanta

1998-99                        Darrell Armstrong, Orlando

1999-00                        Jalen Rose, Indiana

2000-01                        Tracy McGrady, Orlando

2001-02                         Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana

2002-03                        Gilbert Arenas, Golden State

2003-04                         Zach Randolph, Portland

2004-05                        *Bobby Simmons, L.A. Clippers

2005-06                        Boris Diaw, Phoenix

2006-07                        Monta Ellis, Golden State

2007-08                        Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando

2008-09                        Danny Granger, Indiana

2009-10                        *Aaron Brooks, Houston

2010-11                        Kevin Love, Minnesota

*NBA Development League Experience

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