Wizards’ Scott Brooks thinks Hornets’ Devonte’ Graham is one of the ‘frontrunners for Most Improved Player’
Graham, a 2018 second round pick out of the University of Kansas, has been one of the NBA’s biggest breakout stars this season. Graham has been so impressive that Wizards head coach Scott Brooks called the 6-foot-1 guard one of the frontrunners for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks on Devonte' Graham: "He's probably right up there with the frontrunners for most improved player."
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) December 10, 2019
It’s hard to disagree with Brooks on the matter. In his rookie season with the Hornets, Graham appeared in just 46 games and put up just 4.7 points per game.
This year however, seemingly out of nowhere, Graham has elevated his game and is averaging a team-high 18.8 points, 7.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds. Most impressive is Graham’s 3-point shooting ability, as his 90 made 3-pointers (on a 41.5 percent clip) is second in the NBA this season — behind only James Harden
Just a week ago, in a game against the Golden State Warriors, Graham went off for 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Most importantly, Graham made 10 triples on 16 attempts
A 14.4 increase in points per game is one of the best marks in recent years and if Graham continues to play at a high level, he’ll not only be the Hornets’ best player but also a clear choice for Most Improved Player.
The Hornets, as a team, are still in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. At 10-16, they are the current 10th seed in the East. However, if Graham can continue this level of play, Charlotte should be delighted to have found their new franchise point guard just a year after losing Kemba Walker.