Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham is one of the favorites to win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award, but he will have stiff competition from these players.
Even in the midst of a major shooting slump, Devonte’ Graham has exploded onto the scene during the 2019-20 season for the Charlotte Hornets, putting him right at the top of the list when it comes to candidates for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award.
Graham, who was drafted 34th overall by the Hornets in 2018, played behind an All-Star in Kemba Walker and a Hall-Of-Famer in Tony Parker during his rookie season, but has been thrown into the spotlight as a sophomore, and has exceeded all expectations thus far.
On the season, Graham is averaging 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists while shooting 40 percent from the three-point line. For comparison, his rookie averages were 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists with a 28 percent clip from deep.
Yeah, that’s quite an improvement.
I don’t think anyone expected Graham to become a potential All-Star for the Charlotte Hornets this season. I don’t think anyone expected him to be flirting with a 20 point per game scoring average. I also don’t think anyone expected him to be among the league leaders in three-pointers made.
His stellar start to the season has been well documented, and has even gotten attention from the national media, too. However, he isn’t the only player that has shown major improvement, of course.
Graham has multiple players hot on his tail fighting for the Most Improved honors. This certainly won’t be a one-sided race. You can make a legitimate case for five or six players as to why they are the league’s Most Improved Player.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at which players are hot on his tail, and see how Devonte’ stacks up against them.
Without further ado, let’s get things started!