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NBA Primetime: The NBA's Most Improved Player Award Goes to...
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The Most Improved Player Award is given to an athlete each and every season. These select players over the years are guys that take a leap from mediocrity and uplift their game to the next level.

Throughout the years stars such as Tracy McGrady ('00-'01), Jermaine O'Neal ('01-'02) and Gilbert Arenas ('02-'03) received this very prestigious award and ultimately continued to sky-rocket their game to new heights.

Other athletes such as Bobby Simmons ('04-'05) and Boris Diaw ('05-'06) obtained the award for campaigning in a career-high season but inevitably digressed from there on out.

NBA Primetime breaks down the top three contenders in the race for the Most Improved Player Award and debates whether or not the player will continue to exceed expectations or if they will slowly move back into the shadows.

 

Marc Gasol (C, MEM)

After being dealt to the Grizzlies in a trade swap with his big brother Pau, Marc has unexpectedly made quite a name for himself in Memphis.

The Spaniard ranks third in the league in FG% shooting an outstanding 61.3 percent from the field (compared to 53 percent last season), and is one of only three players in the NBA to shoot at least 60 percent from the field while grabbing down at least 9 RPG and a minimum of 1 BPG (Dwight Howard and Erick Dampier are the other two).

On the season Gasol has 10 double-doubles in 26 games and is a sure candidate for the Most Improved Player Award.

Will he continue to improve or will he digress?

Standing 7'1" and being only 24-years of age, Gasol has tremendous potential to become one of the biggest forces in the paint throughout the next few years. Without a doubt we believe he will continue to improve.

 

Carl Landry (PF, HOU)

In just 25.9 MPG, Houston's forward Carl Landry is posting 16 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and just under 1.0 BPG on 57 percent shooting from the field.

Landry ranks amongst the most elite players in the NBA in PER (Player Efficiency Rating), ranking 14th in the league at 23.43 PER. (For an explanation of PER click here !)

For a guy that has never started a game in his career Landry seems well on his way to becoming a strong force in the league, highly due to his dominating 6'9", 250 lb physique.

With improvements in every statistical category, Landry is another top tier guaranteed contestant in the award this season.

Will he continue to improve or will he digress?

With more playing time Landry could certainly evolve into one of the biggest forward scoring threats in the league. Being in the league for only two seasons, the forward still has a ton of more room to improve into an even better athlete.

 

Trevor Ariza (SF, HOU)

After playing for three different teams throughout four years it seems as if Ariza has finally found his home.

The young gun is posting career-highs in virtually every category on the season, dropping 16.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.4 APG, and 2.0 SPG in 38.8 MPG.

Ariza received the golden opportunity to start for the Rockets this season and has played at a much higher level than many anticipated, placing him at the top of the list for Most Improved Player this season. 

Will he continue to improve or will he digress?

At the age of 24 Ariza, just like the others, has massive potential to grow into an All-Star throughout the next few seasons. With extreme athleticism and a knock-down three-point jumper, the sky is the limit for Mr. Ariza.

 

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