Mavs Most Improved Player
“Justin Jackson figures to get much more playing time than he ever did. As a capable three point shooter, he can spread the floor. He’s also developed a consistent floater game that wasn’t always present in Sacramento. Rick Carlisle is going to give Jackson many more opportunities than he previously had last year. Look for him to improve on the defensive end and from the free throw line.” –Evan Siegel
“Justin Jackson with the Mavericks was very quiet. In his 29 games he had 8 points on 48 percent shooting. I think he can do much better in 82 games. Sacramento never seemed to value Jackson enough and he fell out of their rotation. Now, I think Jackson will take a slight boost in stats but will still be the most improved player on the team. By the end of the year Jackson will record 12 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field but 38 percent from three.” –Arsal Hussain
Tim Hardaway Jr.
“This is a tough selection. I am genuinely pulling for Hardaway to be an improved player and he should be if he comes off the bench. Even if he ends up starting, the attention will be mostly on Doncic and Porzingis, it will give him more opportunity to take easy, open shots. However, Justin Jackson is a more complete player and is only improving. He shows promise on the perimeter; both as a shooter and defender. He also has added some touch on the floater of his. To top it off, Jackson reportedly added 10+ pounds of muscle in the offseason to his thin frame, which should be an enormous help in the league for the youngster. If Jackson is a starter, he could absolutely surprise fans as the third or fourth scoring option.” –Josh Gamel
“I really played with the idea of Brunson for 6MOY before settling on Curry. Brunson will likely lose minutes to veteran JJ Barea causing a hit to both his most improved and 6MOY chances. That being said. I had to go with Brunson here. When it clicked last year for the then rookie, Brunson played terrific. He knows how to orchestrate an offense and seems to grow more confident in his abilities by the game. Jalen Brunson will show once again why he was the steal of the 2018 NBA Draft.” –Sean Bush
“Wright hasn’t seen many starter minutes, so he gets the chance to prove himself as a Mav. He defends and rebounds well, and given the opportunity should become of the leagues best backcourts alongside Doncic.” –Charles Allen
“I’m going to go with Delon Wright here. Despite the Mavericks excitement for him, he hasn’t proved anything yet based on statistic. I expect this to be his breakout year for Dallas and may get some actual recognition across the league as a most improved candidate.” –Kohl Rast