Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie deflects Most Improved Player love, says Hornets’ Devonte’ Graham should get it
Spencer Dinwiddie has had a band of support for Most Improved Player thanks to his impressive averages of 22.7 points and 6.2 assists, along with recent 41- and 39-point efforts in the last two games.
Appreciate the love but Graham should be MIP.
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) December 23, 2019
Dinwiddie’s case for Devonte’ Graham is rock solid, considering he went from a rookie averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 assists to leading his team in scoring with 19.3 points and assists with 7.5 per game while making a massive 3.8 triples per game at a 40.5% clip.
The 24-year-old guard has taken lessons from Kemba Walker and Tony Parker in his rookie season, and applied them once his opportunity came around, even overshadowing Terry Rozier, the Hornets’ major offseason signing.
The Hornets don’t get the benefit of playing in many nationally televised games, so it’s likely that Graham has slipped through the cracks beyond highlight reels. However, the second-year guard is perhaps the starkest case of improvement, considering he has more than quadrupled his scoring average and made the most of his chances for minutes and a starting spot next to Rozier.
Dinwiddie, a beloved Nets backup who has started more games than Kyrie Irving this season, also made his case for Montrezl Harrell as the Sixth Man of the Year. If he succeeds, a Clippers reserve would have won the award each of the last three seasons, with Lou Williams currently the two-time reigning winner.