Lin's surgery/ MIP
Now that Lin is officially out for the season, do you think it's possible that he doesn't win the Most Improved Player award? Who do you think does now? I've gotta say that I think Ryan Anderson becomes the new favorite to win, followed by Nikola Pekovic, Greg Monroe, and James Harden.
I think Evan Turner should win it. Even though he is the second overall draft pick he was terrible last year also not being all his fault.
I love Pek, but this is the first time he's gotten consistent PT, and he along with Lin has been hurt most of the season, Monroe has been amazing this season, but he was already showing us flashes of this the last 2 months of last season, James Harden is my choice, he's improved as a shooter and a ball handler, and can get to the rim better. Ryan Anderson has definatly improvd, but he was already a 10 ppg guy last season, and is really just shooting it better and getting more looks. Wouldn't have a problem with Anderson winning, but my choice is Harden.
I would give it to Andrew Bynum.
Yea i like Bynum to get it this year as well. He is having the best season of his career by far and made his first all star game
you also forgot about Kris Humphries
It would not surprise me to see kevin love getting some votes again, idk how but this kid improved a lot AGAIN this year.
Yeah I didn't think about Bynum he definintly should win it, playing like the top center in the League right now.
Marcus Thornton got almost 7+ ppg from last season.
Marcin Gortat got 6+ ppg and 2+ rpg.
But both this guys improved their stats but i don`t see them as players who moved from regular player to star, they did not changed the way they impact the game too much.
Because the Linjury I think that although he still has a chance of winning, I'd pick Pek or Monroe.
Bynum isn't the most improved. He's always had the same talent, but has never been able to stay healthy. He put up many stretches in previous years as a dominant center, but that was always ended with injury. Ryan Anderson should probably win it. Bynum is the winner of the FHP, finally healthy player.
As a Cleveland man, I would love to see Gee's name in this debate. Last year he was everywhere, didn't have a jumper and would just run through defenders. This year he has worked hard in the off seaosn during lockout and come back with a redefined jumper. He can hit the three and shows an improved basketball IQ. Instead of running through defenders drawing fouls and turnovers, he will hit a pull up Jumper, which also has improved greatly. Since replacing an awful Cassipi, he has averaged around 14 points and 6 boards.
I honestly cannot decide from Pek or harden.
Pek has went from 5.5PPG and 3 RPG to 13.5 PG and 7.4 RPG. +8 in PPG and+4 in RPG is crazy.
then you habe Harden who is just so much more star power then Pek is or does. Thunder reply heavyily on him night in and night out to create for the them and a +5 in scoring and rebounding and asissting the ball better as well. He is such an all rounder player and to do this from the bench shows how efficent he is. He increased his FG% from 0.436% to 0.492% and his 3 point % from 0.349% to 0.391%.
It might come down to the final month of play to really crown MIP.
Epke Udoh is the most improved player by far you guys have no clue
I can't give it to Ryan Anderson he hasn't done anything either or improved other than his 3 point percentage. Curtain teams can make him completely useless that can slow down Dwight Howard.
Paul George for mip
Most likely candidates are:
If I had to choose one I would choose Cousins. He has been phenominak of late and really showing the talent he has to be a top center ithis league. Also, not many problems from him after Westphal was fired, so good to see hum maturing.
My choices in order:
^Cousins is my main man, if the NBA were a stock market I'd had put 80% of my money on him teh second he was drafted. As much as he has improved, he already showed flashes of what he could do last year, but definatly one of the bright spots for the future of the league, even if he may be a knuckle head. If my dbus' 1% chance of getting Anthony Davis doesn't happen, than I would love to see a Davis-Cousins frontcourt, that would be teh frontcourt of teh future, unstopable in 4 years.