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NBA 2019/20: Top 5 non-sophomore candidates to win MIP

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Modified 16 Oct 2019, 00:14 IST
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4: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

In absence of Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam can very well win the award back-to-back.
In absence of Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam can very well win the award back-to-back.

No one in the history of the NBA has ever won multiple most improved player awards but that might change this year. Pascal Siakam averaged 16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg last year in regular season and 19 ppg, 7.1 rpg(with only 28% from threes) in the playoffs for the Toronto Raptors.

With no Kawhi Leonard this season, his role will be bigger and if improves his shooting beyond the arc, he can very well average 22/8 this season. If he takes the Raptors to a top three seed, he could very well land the MIP award.

3: Caris Levert, Brooklyn Nets

Caris Levert is expected to have a breakout season with the Nets.
Caris Levert is expected to have a breakout season with the Nets.

Caris Levert was one of the MIP favorites last year until he got injured. Last year, he was averaging 18 points before the injury and finished the year with only 13.7 ppg. Then he scored 21ppg against 76ers in the playoffs. This year he is coming fresh and healthy, and is expected to have a breakout season with the Brooklyn Nets.

If Kevin Durant was healthy, then the chance of Levert winning MIP would have been considerably less.With Durant out for almost the entire season, Levert has the perfect chance to be the Robin to Kyrie Irving's Batman.

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Published 16 Oct 2019, 00:14 IST
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