My Most Improved Player vote goes to Nick Young. Here is a guy who people said should just be a 6th man/role player. Well IMO he is beyond just a 6thman/role player, he gives you 20 pts or better any given night without forcing his shots. He has a good shot selection & most importantly he knocks down the tough shots. By the way he only dropped 31 tonight & I'm not buyng what you are selling if you say it was because he played the Cavs. He also gave the Lakers 30 @ the Staples Center.
It would have been Eric Gordon, if he has a great second half then maybe id give it to him but for now id go with Raymond Felton
Kevin Love is clearly the front-runner. His improved numbers aren't just a product of more playing time. He's expanded his shooting range, increased his passing ability, attempted to play better defense, among many other things. That, and you can't argue the 22 pts 16 rebounds/game he's averaging.
And you really can't blame him for his team's losing record. You look at the T-Wolves supporting cast, and there's only one player who can create offense for himself (Beasley), and he can't even do it consistently at that. The guy works his ass off day in and day out, and he deserves the MIP more than anyone else.
one of these guys will get it
Dorell Wright or Eric Gordon
Does MIP have anything to do with team overall record? I don't think it does.
It's Kevin Love. And easily.
If he keeps up I could see it being Demar Derozan
My top MIP Candidates:
No love for Aldridge huh?
I think some people get improved with having a breakout year. I think you need to see a development in their game and not just their numbers cause that can just be changed by playing time or a system. Like Young gets a lot of points cause Arenas is gone and Wall is hurt sometimes, so he gets more playing time, thus he takes more shots. He could have done that a couple years ago. Also, with Felton it might be more of a situation as he is now playing in an up tempo offensive game D'Antoni. I'd like to see a guy like Hibbert or DeRozan get it as you can see that they have worked on their body and/or game to improve themselves. But that's just my take.
roy hibbert should not win MIP...
Another guy I'd consider if he can keep it rolling is wes matthews, he's done a great job filling in for Roy, if not for him and Aldridge PTB probably wouldn't even be in the playoff picture
My vote goes for Love. With Felton and Wright runners up.
My vote goes to Dorrell Wright... He has improved vastly this year with the Warriors... He has worked on his three-point shooting accuracy, not to mention the same solid defensive skillset... and the best part is that he's been healthy so far with Golden State after being plagued with injuries with Miami... I knew this kid has the potential to be a solid player and he has proven himself well playing at the Bay...
Kevin Love might win the MIP award by a landslide but I gotta hand Dorrell Wright some love because of how he has recovered from multiple injuries...
Gotta go with love on this one. he went from being a good rebounder and ok scorer to being a 20ppg scorer and historical rebounder. has anyone else made a jump like that this year?
I think this year has had so many players step up it is incredible. Really you could make the case for a whole team of players who deserve the mip award.... I mean
PG- Felton- I personaly thought he should have even got some all star love this season. Incredible year. I dont get the dwill and cp3 talk new york fans are talking about, cause felton is legit.
SG-Matthews- With roy out, he is the second leading scorer on a team that is atually in very good shape. this one pains me to see casue the jazz could have kept him, but this kid is legit. 3s, defensive, does the dirty work and doesnt get the recognition but def MIP worthy.
SF- Wright- Who would have thought that he was so versital. I mean he can dish he can shoot and he can rebound. Complete stat sheet stuffer and may be the best off season signing for the warriors above what everyone thought would be David Lee
Pf- Love-went from 14 & 11 to 21 & 16. Nough said.
C-Hibbert_ everyone out of college thought he would either be a out of shape big you threw in for garbage time, or a average starter. Now he is starting to prove he could be a very very good player. He for sure the best passing center in basketball, and with his size he could always block shots. But i feel like now he is starting to develop that very versitle offesense skill set that he always was capable of having. I feel if he had a solid front court mate the pacers could even make some noise.
Bench- Derozan, Affalo, Augistine, Gortat, Young, Holiday, Ryan Anderson ( not that these players are worst and would sit beind the players ahead I just see them as "less" improved.
DaJuan Blair or LaMarcus Aldridge should be up there
DaJuan Blair is a guy who was fairly average but showed promise last year, and lately he has just exploded, showing great skill and the superb hustle and strength he is known for.
People doubted if LaMarcus would stop being so soft and improve from his 17 and 8 or roundabouts. and he did when Roy went down.
if this award is based on statistical improvement, or 'game' improvement?
I'll throw Michael Beasley's name in the mix, since my brother has the same name.
You have to give Love this award, btw I would just like to state, everyone always says about how stupid a player Nick Young is. He averages 45% from the feild and 39% from 3, 17ppg, and 1.3 turnover per game. Thats smart basketball especially on a disorganizaed team like Washington.
Young has been given plenty of oppurtunities by Washington to be this guy. He has obviously put work in mentally on his game and is approaching with a consistant mindset. He is definitely a candidate.