The Most Improved Player (MIP) Award is usually given to the player who has greatly improved from the previous season, as voted upon by a panel of analysts and media members. Last year, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors ended up taking the award after improving in nearly every single major stat category. This ladder will be updated at the beginning of each week, so hopefully you enjoy Week 2!
With that being said, let’s get into the list.
1. Brandon Ingram
2018-19 Stats: 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks
2019-20 Stats: 24.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks
Ingram has been struggling ever since rookie Zion Williamson returned from an injury, but that has not diminished his greatness on the season thus far. The Duke product has been one of the reasons for the Pelicans’ recent success amidst their early season struggles, as the Pelicans now find themselves in the playoff race. It will take some time, but the Pelicans future looks bright with their young core of Ingram, Williamson, and Ball.
2. Bam Adebayo
2018-19 Stats: 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks
2019-20 Stats: 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks
Adebayo had a relatively average week for the Heat, but managed to cap it off with a 18-point, 11-assist game in the win against the Magic. Adebayo has broken out this season as he shows himself to be one of the Heat’s most impactful players on both ends of the floor. He has recently been announced as an all-star reserve this season as he highlights both his improved defense, scoring and playmaking abilities on the court, alongside star Jimmy Butler.
3. Devonte’ Graham
2018-19 Stats: 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks
2019-20 Stats: 17.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks
Graham may have cooled off from his scorching-hot start to the season, but that doesn’t mean that the Hornets sophomore deserves any less attention. He’s been the best player of the Hornets this season, and has definitely played a huge part in the unexpected “success” the team is currently facing. He’s shooting 37.6% from three this season, a mark higher than his actual FG%, and has put up at least 5 assists in each of his 4 games this week.
4. Domantas Sabonis
2018-19 Stats: 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks
2019-20 Stats: 18.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks
Sabonis has been phenomenal as of late, and that has carried on over to his three performances this week, as capped off by a near-triple-double in the loss against Dallas. Similar to Adebayo, he’s been named an all-star for the first time in his career, and rightfully so. He’s been an integral part to the Pacers’ success this season, largely due to his improved offensive arsenal and playmaking abilities.
5. Andrew Wiggins
2018-19 Stats: 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks
2019-20 Stats: 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks
Wiggins’ only bright spot last week was his incredible 36-point, 9-rebound and 8-assist performance in a losing effort to the Kings, but even that wasn’t enough to snap the Timberwolves’ 12-game (then 9-game) losing streak. The Wolves have been awful since their 10-8 start to the season that surprised many NBA fans. Wiggins followed this up with two inefficient games against the Clippers and Kings, but despite this cold stretch for the former No. 1 Overall Pick, it’s hard to disregard his great start to the season, in addition to his improved playmaking and defense.
6. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
7. Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
8. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
9. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
10. Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder), Trae Young (Hawks), Kelly Oubre Jr. (Suns), Zach Lavine (Bulls), Norman Powell (Raptors)
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