Currently, there are more uncertainties in the 2020 NBA season while the world tackles the COVID-19 pandemic. No one knows when the season resumes with its games. However, there are still a lot of data we can get a hold of while we stay inside of our homes until everything comes back to normal.
A lot of people have already made forecasts on which team will lift the trophy for the 2020 NBA season. Discussions on which player will be a great impact on his team are going on. One of the awards given in each season is the Most Improved Player award.
MIP candidates are usually players who have to break out in the league and push through to show their true skills. In most cases, it’s the younger players who get named for the award. However, it’s still anyone’s game so, let’s take a look on who are in the running.
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
Starting as a brilliant youth player for Union Olimpija, Luka Dončić continued to propel his basketball career as a player for the Dallas Mavericks and the Slovenian national team. The Mavericks saw Dončić’s physical and mental improvement.
In the current season, Dončić has just accumulated an average of 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game. This means that he was the Mavericks’ leader in the offense for this year’s season.
Dončić’s decision-making skills became sharper and quicker which boosted him into the league’s third-best assist percentage. Moreover, his defensive game is not far behind as the Mavericks tallied 118.5 points per 100 possessions with Dončić on the court.
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
In his first two seasons with the Heat, it was clear that Bam Adebayo has the skills. Adebayo continued to show his brilliance on the court when he earned an assist on 23.6 per cent of his teammates’ baskets. It was a feat which only 15 other players have ever recorded.
As the season progressed, the Heat appeared to be losing touch of their defense. However, Adebayo continued to shine on with his individual effort as a backline captain. His size, strength, and speed are a lethal combination for any player in the court, be it a point guard or the MVP of the league.
Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram was on his journey to become a breakout star when he filled in for his teammate Zion Williamson who was ruled out due to an injury. He was the number one option for the substitution which put his improvement into the spotlight.
Ingram displayed his tightened handle and improved jumper which helped him rack up an average of 23-7-6 per 36 minutes. Upon the return of Williamson, the two began to unfold a playmaking rapport before the season shutdown.
It has been an up-and-down road for Ingram but he pushed through and showed his brilliance which allows him to be in the making of a legitimate All-Star and building block of the team. Another thing’s for sure as well: Ingram is likely to earn a maximum extension of his rookie contract in restricted free agency. It can be either New Orleans or any other suitor that has been keeping an eye on him.