After a surprising year by the Charlotte Hornets’, Devonte’ Graham, his hard work ended up being ignored by the league, as he was not chosen as a finalist for the Most Improved Player Award.
Over the past week, the NBA has continued to play out the final games of the regular season. However, the Charlotte Hornets learned on Saturday that their rising star would not be considered for the Most Improved Player Award.
The NBA tweeted a photo on Saturday of the three finalists for the MIP Award. The three finalists are Luka Doncic, Brandon Ingram, and Bam Adebayo. Unfortunately, Devonte’ Graham was not chosen to be a finalist.
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Many took to Twitter following the announcement to express their support for Graham. Hornets players did not understand how Graham was not chosen. Graham even expressed his confusion in a few tweets.
As Hornets fans continue to learn about Graham not being selected, many must wonder why he wasn’t. Before the regular season ended in March, Graham was leading the NBA in the biggest increase in points and assists category.
At the conclusion of Graham’s sophomore season, he had averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 assists per game. This was a 13.5 point, and 5.4 assist increase from his rookie season. In terms of actually improving, Graham finished the 2019-20 season with the better numbers.
One of the most impressive aspects of Graham’s game has been his ability to shoot the three-ball. Graham finished this season by making 218 threes, and he shot 37% from beyond the arc. Graham also finished the season in the top-10 in made three-pointers.
After not being chosen as a finalist, fans could expect Graham to remember this in future games. As the team’s leading scorer, the Hornets will be looking at locking up Graham on the roster.
The Charlotte Hornets have two months until the NBA Draft, and the team will be looking toward beginning the 2020-21 season in December. Will fans see Devonte’ Graham improve even more?