Pascal Siakam favored to win Most Improved Player
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D’Lo makes a strong case for the Most Improved Player plum. After all, he made his first All-Star appearance this season after years of criticism about his leadership and maturity. He also led the Nets to their first postseason since 2015 before exiting in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, when it comes to overall improvement, Siakam undoubtedly made a bigger leap than Russell. The Cameroonian forward more than doubled his production for the Raptors and established himself as a clear-cut starter.
Siakam put up 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists this 2018-19 campaign. The year before, he averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists and started in only five games.
Russell previously declared that he will win the Most Improved Player award. Nonetheless, by the looks of it, he is facing strong competition in Siakam who undoubtedly surprised everyone with his rise in the league.
The NBA Awards night is slated on June 24 at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.