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NBA Power Rankings: Big Baby Davis and the League's 10 Most Improved Players
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We are approximately 10 percent of the way through the NBA season, so it’s time to take an early look at the guys who are making a case to become the NBA’s most improved players.

Unlike a lot of top 10 lists, I’ve created a scoring system to rank the players, thereby eliminating any arbitrary or biased decision-making.

The system is simple.  I took the difference per game in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, and fouls from this season* compared to the last. Then I added up the total value of those averages.  

It’s not foolproof.  I am adding averages together after all, but since we are only 10 percent of the way through the season, I couldn’t use total stats.  The results are as you might expect, so it appears to work.

The following players were evaluated:

Aaron Afflalo, DEN
Daniel Gibson, CLE
Darrell Arthur, MEM
DeMar DeRozan, TOR
DJ Augustin, CHA
Dorell Wright, GSW
Eric Gordon, LAC
Glen Davis, B
James Jones, MIA
JJ Hickson, CLE
Jrue Holiday, PHI
Luis Scola, HOU
Marco Belinelli, NOH
Mike Conley, MEM
Nicolas Batum, POR
Paul Millsap, UTA (Used 08-09 season)
Roy Hibbert, IND
Serge Ibaka, OKC
Taj Gibson, CHI
Toney Douglas, NYK


*Through Monday’s games

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