If the Coach of the Year award is so tough to vote for because there are so many deserving candidates, the Most Improved Player award is equally as vexing because the criteria for the award is debatable at best and vague at its worst. The hardware usually goes to a performer that jumps from pretty good to great in the span of a season, but not before writers and fans debate endlessly about who should be included in the consideration for the process.
Are second-year players, expected to improve, allowed to be in the mix? What about a player that makes the jump from lousy to serviceable – certainly no marquee name, but still making a bigger jump that someone who rounds into an All-Star. What about MVP-level players like Kevin Durant, should they be penalized for starting off at too high a stratum?
That’s why I always fall back on just voting for a literal “most improved player,” whether that be someone like Durant, someone like little-noticed second-year big man Phoenix Miles Plumlee, orRead More »from Goran Dragic wins the NBA's 2013-14 Most Improved Player award