Houston Rockets Most Improved: Who has the edge between Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr for Most Improved Player?
Between Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr, who has the edge on winning Most Improved Player in 2022? Wood already had his breakout and Porter is a step below the recent winners with his profile. They both have incredibly difficult avenues to claim the award. Yet, one has to be in a better position.
For Christian Wood, as discussed earlier, he'd need to solidify himself as a top-25 player. That's not impossible, but the jump from a good to great NBA player is one of the most difficult to make. In some ways, Wood not winning the award would prove how good he was last year to begin with.
Kevin Porter Jr's candidacy is very different than Wood's. Porter has a real avenue to win the award through traditional metrics, but he'll have to make a quantum leap with his advanced metrics to have any real hope.
The oddsmakers have it right. Porter Jr has the edge over Wood for Most Improved Player. He has the right combination of production, potential, and opportunity to put in a classic Most Improved Player season where he improves his traditional numbers through an increased usage rate and some improvement in his advanced metrics. Wood is the better player and likely will be next season, but the award isn't Rockets' MVP, it's the NBA MIP.