NBA.com's Caplan Picks Green as Most Improved
When it comes to the Most Improved Player Award, the best method for picking a winner might be simply closing your eyes, pointing anywhere at the Suns’ roster and letting blind luck decide.
Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme, but Phoenix sports several candidates for one award. In the mind of NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan, however, one player stands out when it comes to Most Improved.
“Speaking of Phoenix, it realistically has four candidates — Plumlee, Dragic, Markieff Morris and Gerald Green.
Wait, stop right there: Green.
Yes. The, lanky 6-foot-8 wing debuted in the league in 2005. Eight years later, he’s rocketed straight out of the blue. That’s improvement."
Green’s post-All-Star stats formed a big part of Caplan’s argument on his behalf. They’re hard to ignore: 18.5 points and 42.8-percent three-point shooting in less than 29 minutes per contest.
Zooming out, his season-long numbers (15.8 points, 40 percent from three) scream “most improved candidate” when compared to last season. His points per game are up 8.8 points, his shooting percentage is up eight percent, his three-point percentage nine percent, and his minutes jumped up by 10 per contest.
Don’t worry, though. Caplan’s got two more Suns players as contenders for the same award, citing Goran Dragic’s “brilliant season” and Markieff Morris’ “dangerous mid-range” game.