NBA Award Predictions: Most Improved Player
“I am most likely biased, but when evaluating who made the biggest jump from last year to now, I think Harrison Barnes is the clear answer. Going from the 4th option to the 1st option while maintaining efficient percentages and jumping up 8 in PPG, and really embracing a new role as a leader, Barnes has separated himself from the rest of the field. Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, Myles Turner, Eric Gordon, and Giannis Antetekounmpo all could make a case, but I don’t believe it’s enough.” –Sam Casey
Kristaps Porzingis/Jabari Parker
“Either/or for me. No wrong answer with Kristaps Porzingis or Jabari Parker. I’m tied between both but mainly more Parker if I had to choose, simply because the Bucks are in the playoffs. Porzingis has proven he will be a dominant force in the league. He’s just on a team with no kind of function or direction. Put him on a contender and its a different story.” –Aaron Reed
Next: NBA Award Predictions Roundtable: Rookie of the Year
Many names not mentioned above certainly will have their case when the award is presented in June, but for now, these players are the highlights from The Smoking Cuban staff. Who is your pick for the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year?