Early Most Improved Player candidates in the NBA

Andrew Wiggins is off to an excellent start in the 2019-20 season. [Image Source: Instagram/@22wiggins]
Andrew Wiggins is off to an excellent start in the 2019-20 season. [Image Source: Instagram/@22wiggins]

Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander-Alexander are among the players who have been more productive early on.

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While the season isn’t quite a month old, it’s not too early to take notice of individuals who are off to great starts and are performing at a higher level than they ever have previously in the NBA.

Here are 13 early candidates for the Most Improved Player award that will be handed out at the end of the season.

1

Anfernee Simons - Portland Trail Blazers

Drafted 24th overall in 2018, Simons was unable to be a regular part of Portland’s rotation as a rookie last season appearing in 20 games for a total of 141 minutes. He’s averaging 21.6 minutes a contest through 12 games in his sophomore season and has a scoring average of 11.8 (14.4 in his last seven outings). Blazers Edge of SB Nation recently spoke of how he can be a contender for the award at season’s end.

2

Trae Young - Atlanta Hawks

Just one season removed from his runner-up finish for Rookie of the Year, Young has taken his game to new heights in his first 10 games. He has improved his scoring average by more than eight points (27.3 scoring average is seventh-best in the NBA) while also substantially improving both his field goal and three-point percentages.

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