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Updated: May 24th, 2012 2:17pm
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love named to All-NBA second team

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love named to All-NBA second team

by Judd Zulgad
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Kevin Love has received some recognition for his play this season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward was named to the 2011-12 All-NBA second team on Thursday.

The All-NBA teams were selected by a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA first, second and third teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.

Love averaged a career-high and single-season franchise-record 26.0 points per game (fourth in the NBA) and had 13.3 rebounds per game (second in the NBA) in 55 games this season.

He led the league with 48 double-doubles, was second in minutes played (39.0 minutes per game) and finished fourth in free-throws made (379).

Love, who won the three-point shooting contest during the All-Star weekend, made a team-high 105 three-pointers this season and became the third player in NBA history to average 25-plus points and 10-plus rebounds while making 50-plus three-pointers.

He joins Kevin Garnett (first team: 1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04; second team: 2000-01, 2001-02, 2004-05; third team: 1998-99, 2006-07) and Sam Cassell (second team in 2003-04) as Timberwolves to earn All-NBA honors.

Here are the first, second and third teams:

First team

Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (118) 596
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (117) 591
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (75) 476
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (104) 568
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (74) 484

Second team

Forward Kevin Love, Timberwolves (16) 365
Forward Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 170
Center Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers (33) 400
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (41) 367
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (5) 239

Third team

Forward Carmelo Anthony, New York (1) 154
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 136
Center Tyson Chandler, New York (4) 60
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (1) 235
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston (4) 142

Other players receiving votes, with point totals: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 55; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 52; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 44; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 33; Paul Pierce, Boston, 31; Al Jefferson, Utah, 30; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 27; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 24; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 22; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 18; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 16; Deron Williams, New Jersey, 14; Rudy Gay, Memphis, 10; James Harden, Oklahoma City, 8; Luol Deng, Chicago, 5; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 5; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 3; Danny Granger, Indiana, 3; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 3; Monta Ellis, Milwaukee, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 2; Luis Scola, Houston, 2; Marcin Gortat, Phoenix, 2; Paul Millsap, Utah, 2; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 2; David Lee, Golden State, 1; and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 1.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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