Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.


Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games.

It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype.

Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500 team is never going to win the award again (too many voters believe a true MVP leads his team to elite status). His stats are great, but until Love can lead the Timberwolves to being a top defensive team — and he doesn’t, his rotations are still weak to start with — he cannot be an MVP.

He needs to be more like former Timberwolves leader Kevin Garnett.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor told the star Tribune Love is not there yet.

“Kevin [Garnett] did it for many years. Love is doing well now, but he has a long way to go to catch up with the long successful career that Garnett had,” Taylor said.

There is a bright future for the Timberwolves — they have the pieces in Love and Ricky Rubio to build around and potentially good role players like Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic. They have a coach now in Rick Adelman who can guide them there.

It’s exciting because there is hope again. But this is not the best Minnesota has ever been, and it’s because Love has not yet become enough like Garnett.