Clint Capela has had an incredible season so far. He may not be the leading candidate for Most Improved Player, but he’s certainly up there.
Clint Capela has become a near-All-Star for the Houston Rockets this year during his breakout season. As such, he has garnered some attention for the Most Improved Player award.
However, there will be quite a bit of competition for the award this season. Let’s look into just a few of the competitors that Clint has:
Likely the favorite at this point, Victor Oladipo has transformed himself from a laughable player on the Thunder to an All-Star with the Pacers.
He has increased his scoring from 16 points a night to 23 and has become the man in Indiana. Oladipo has also put a team that was expected to be one of the worst in the East well into the playoff picture.
When the conversation for who deserves the Most Improved Player comes up, it likely begins with Victor Oladipo.
Former Rocket Lou Williams is also in the conversation for the award. He’s had his best year in the league while still coming off the bench for the Clippers.
On the year, he is averaging 23 points a night as compared to his 17.5 last season and is passing it more, putting up 5.5 assists per game.
His increased role with LA has really given him the opportunity to shine and Sweet Lou just keeps getting better with age.
If you were to tell me that Spencer Dinwiddie would be in this conversation at the beginning of the year, I would have thought you were crazy.
But he actually kinda is.
An afterthought to NBA fans in years past, Dinwiddie has been an average to below average backup point guard in the league since 2014-15. This season, though, he’s been given the opportunity to start for Brooklyn and he has really shined.
So far this year, Dinwiddie has averaged 13 points and 6.6 assists a night for the lowly Nets. Much better than his previous career-averages of 6 points and 3 assists.
While he will not win the Most Improved Player award, he still deserves to be recognized.
That’s just a few of the players in the conversation for the award with Clint Capela this year.
Clint has done a tremendous job this season, increasing his production to 14 points and 11 rebounds a night while blocking nearly 2 shots a game and leading the league in Field Goal %. You could tell last season that Capela was on his way to being this type of player, so it’s nice to see his development to near-All-Star level this season.
Maybe, Capela will slip in and win the Most Improved Player award this season.