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Kevin Love voted second-best NBA PF despite 'limited natural ability'

Kevin Love voted second-best NBA PF despite 'limited natural ability'

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The NBA's general managers have spoken.

One summer removed from an injury-ravaged letdown of a season, the Wolves are peppered with intrigue, and the league's GMs have taken notice.

GMs around the league voted on dozens of categories, ranging from player personnel, to coaches, to offseason moves. The Wolves appeared on the list, which was published on NBA.com, more than a dozen times.

Here's the recap:

--Kevin Love was voted second best power forward behind only Tim Duncan. 

--Love was also voted best offensive rebounder. He received more than 40 percent of votes. He also got at least one vote for most likely to breakout.

--About a quarter of NBA GMs said Love made more of his "limited natural ability" than any other player. Guard J.J. Barea was fifth with 6.9 percent of the vote.

As I noted on Twitter earlier, the premise that a 6-10, 260 lbs. athlete has limited natural ability is kind of silly.

--Ricky Rubio tied with Rajon Rondo for second-best passer behind the Clippers' Chris Paul.

--Rubio also was voted the international player who is second-most likely to break out. Alexey Shved and Nikola Pekovic also received votes. Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas won with nearly 40 percent of the vote.

--Head coach Rick Adelman makes the fourth-best in-game adjustments, tied with Chicago's Tom Thibodeau, according to the GMs.

--Adelman also has the second-best offense, behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich.

--New wing Kevin Martin received at least one vote for best at moving without the ball, but he didn't place.

--Nikola Pekovic got at least one vote for toughest player in the NBA, but didn't place in the top-five.

A cynic could point to this list as reinforcement that the Wolves are a collection of also-rans that managed to rack up plenty of consolation prizes. Wolves fans - who are by definition eternal optimists - might suggest the many appearances on the list underscore the intrigue and upside of the team.

This neutral observer thinks it can be both. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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