Most Improved Player Rankings: Week Three

176ers SixersJRUE HOLIDAY, G, PHILADELPHIA: As long as the Sixers keep winning and Holiday maintains his pace, it will be hard to bump him out of the top spot. Seems to set a career high in assists every week but has to reduce his NBA-leading turnovers. His ability to run the pick-and-roll is phenomenal when you consider the limitations of his partners (Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes).1
2 RocketsCHANDLER PARSONS, F, HOUSTON: Light schedule allowed him to miss just one game with a sprained ankle. Parsons has double figures in eight straight games while shooting 26-of-52 from the arc. We were hard on GM Daryl Morey this summer but he has quite a collection of players making quantum leaps, including James Harden, Patrick Patterson and the next guy.4
3RocketsOMER ASIK, C, HOUSTON: His rebounding (12.3) has been remarkably consistent – he’s better than Dwight Howard, folks – and has the Rockets near the top of the league. And the scoring, which sometimes comes and goes, is back again with four straight double-doubles. It would help if all of his points were scored for Houston, though.
4BucksLARRY SANDERS, F-C, MILWAUKEE: After a stinker against New York, he averaged 12.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and a staggering 7.3 blocks over his next three games. His 10 blocks at Minnesota gives him a share of the franchise record with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his 18 points and 16 boards vs. Boston were career highs.
5MavericksO.J. MAYO, G, DALLAS: His first slump has been a bellwether for the Dirkless Mavs. He had 28 points on 11-of-34 shooting in three losses, then got his groove back with 27 on 10-of-21 in a home win over Detroit. Still one of just eight players averaging 20 ppg and one of just two who didn’t do it last season.2

DROPOUTS: James Harden, G, Houston (3); Eric Bledsoe, G, LA Clippers (5).

FIVE TO WATCH: Carmelo Anthony, F, New York; Serge Ibaka, F-C, Oklahoma City; Patrick Patterson, F, Houston; Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland; Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte.

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  1. jerry25 says

    I don’t understand how anyone can not have Andray Blatche as the Most Improved Player (year over year). He has gone from ZERO to one of the 5 best players on the Nets, who are 11-5 instead of 6-10 as a result of Blatche. He has started last two games without Lopez and overall his per 36 minutes are his best ever.

    • Chris says


      For Andray Blatche to be on the list, IMO, he would have to be improving upon 17 and 9, which is what he already he has shown he can do. He does not get rewarded for going from productive to nothing to middling. But thanks for reading. CB

    • Chris says


      I looked at him and strongly considered him but all his shooting is down. He has shown solid improvement but IMO not as much as the guys listed. Thanks for reading.

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