Betting on the Most Improved Player For 2017-2018 NBA Season
The most improved player is one of the hardest odds to bet on when making future bets for the NBA. However, a good eye for the game will help you decipher which players have shown great progression either in the offseason or at the end of last season. Furthermore, there will also be players that will be placed in better situations that will allow them to let their talents flourish. Here is a list of players that I believe have a chance at winning the Most Improved Player.
Rodney Hood is a great example of a player that will be able to have his talents flourish with Gordon Hayward gone from the roster. The Utah Jazz will need all the help they can get from the wing and Rodney Hood now seems to be the number one option to score for the Jazz. Hood averaged a solid 12.7 points last season, but that could take a big leap now that the 21.9 points that Gordon Hayward scored last season will need to be replaced. Hood had a 22.9% usage rate last season and Hayward had a 27.6% usage rate. I expect Hood to bump his usage rate closer to 30% with Hayward gone. With this higher usage rate and opportunity, Hood could be averaging closer to 18-20 points a game.
Much like for Rodney Hood’s situation, the star wing player for the Pacers has left for another team. Paul George had a huge usage rate of 28.9%, while Myles Turner had a surprisingly low usage rate of 19.5%. Turner has the ability in this league to become a top 10 center. The combination of abilities to stretch the floor, block shots and rebound is a valuable asset in a league with few centers of superstar talent. With George gone, Pacers will play more of an inside-out game through Myles Turner next season. Look for Turner to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds with the addition of good defensive stats.
D’Angelo Russell, now on the Brooklyn Nets, has the chance to prove himself in a new market. After several off-court incidents within the Lakers, Russell had many distractions that hindered his game. With the LA spotlight now gone, Russell can now focus on just playing his game. Russell has the ability to play both the one and the two for the Nets and will share the backcourt with Jeremey Lin. If Russell can find his stride with the Nets, he could potentially become an all-star player within this league. Look for Russell to average a smooth 20 points and 6 assists.
Brandon Ingram came into the league heavily compared to Kevin Durant. In many respects, that’s a difficult name to live up to. During his rookie season, Ingram was largely disappointing and only managed to scrap up 9.4 points a game. However, in Brandon’s last 14 of 15 games during the 2016-2017 season, he score all in double digits. We could expect more of this in the upcoming season. Furthermore, looking at the one game Brandon was able to play in this year’s summer league, we could see the comparisons of Kevin Durant coming into fruition. With the combination of length, outside shot and ability to handle the ball, Ingram could become the league’s next superstar.
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