With the regular season nearly three-quarters over, Victor Oladipo has emerged as a heavy favorite to take home Most Improved Player honors. Deservedly so, as he has helped to silence the critics who before the season said the trade involving him and Domantas Sabonis leaving Oklahoma City to Indiana for Paul George [VIDEO] was lopsided.

While Oladipo will most likely win the award barring a collapse or injury, plenty of other candidates have emerged. Here are some other players who at least deserve consideration in Most Improved Player voting.

(All stats are through games played on February 23.)

Jaylen Brown - Boston Celtics

The third overall pick in 2016, Brown started 20 of his 78 games in 2016-17 while averaging 17.2 Minutes Per Game.

He was named to the All-Rookie Second Team but finished with unimpressive averages of 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.

He has started all 55 games this season and Brown has seen his per game averages improve to 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Part of the improvement has been due to his minutes per game being upped to 31.4, but he has also shown to be an elite defender for a Boston team that ranks first in defensive rating.

Clint Capela - Houston Rockets

Capela had a solid first season as the Rockets’ full-time starting center in 2016-17 with Dwight Howard moving on. In 23.9 minutes per game, he averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.

With a slight uptick in minutes (27.3 per game), he has become even more of a force on both sides of the ball. He is leading the NBA with a 65.9 field goal percentage and is seventh with a 25.7 PER.

He has upped his averages to 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie - Brooklyn Nets

Dinwiddie was traded by the Pistons after just 46 games with the club over two seasons. The Bulls released him a few weeks later, re-signed him again, then once again cut him before the 2016-17 season began.

He was signed by the Nets in December of 2016 and played in 59 games last season. His final averages were 7.3 points and 3.1 Assists Per Game.

Dinwiddie leads the NBA with a 4.2 assist to turnover ratio this season. He’s upped his scoring average over six points to 13.5 and ranks sixth averaging 6.7 assists per game.

Andre Drummond - Detroit Pistons

Now in his sixth season, Drummond has long established himself as a dominant rebounder. He led the league in boards per game in 2015-16, the same season he was named an All-Star. In his first five years though, he shot a miserable 38.1 percent from the foul line which made him borderline unplayable at the end of close games.

He has bumped up his free throw percentage this season all the way up to a respectable 62.6.

He is currently leading the NBA with a career-high 15.7 Rebounds Per Game. Drummond has more than tripled his previous career-high of 1.1 assists per game as he currently stands at 3.6.

Kris Dunn - Chicago Bulls

Dunn had an awful rookie season after being drafted fifth overall by the Timberwolves in 2016. In 17.1 minutes per game, he put up miserable averages of 3.8 points and 2.4 assists.

Traded to the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler deal, Dunn has started 33 of his 42 appearances this season. He has shown vast improvement from his rookie year as he is averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage has gone from 37.7 his rookie year to 42.6 this season.

Bobby Portis - Chicago Bulls

Now in his third season, Portis played well in brief spurts for the Bulls during his first two years but was never a huge factor. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game those two years.

Portis has only seen a minute increase of about 4.5 from his past two seasons but has seen his per game averages improve to 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. He has an impressive PER of 21.4 in his 49 games.

Fred VanVleet - Toronto Raptors

VanVleet has played a pivotal role on a Raptors team that is currently first in the Eastern Conference. Undrafted, he played in 37 games last season but didn’t see a lot of time. His per game averages were just 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.

Coming off the bench in all 55 of his appearances this season, VanVleet has thrived as the team’s backup point guard as he is scoring eight points per game, grabbing 2.4 rebounds, and dishing out 3.1 assists. He has also connected on 41 percent of his threes.