The Race For Most Improved Player Will Be Fun
While a handful of players can make a case for the MIP so far this season, it’s looking more and more like two-man race between Indiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson and Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas. Stephenson currently leads the league in triple-doubles (three) and, given how well the Pacers are doing, might sneak into the All Star game. Thomas, once a backup guard for the Kings, has played himself not only into the starting lineup but into plans for the organizations future.
Stephenson’s road to right now has been a bit rocky, but the 23-year-old seems to be getting an understanding of what it takes to be great in the league. MIP award for him would be a testament not only to his growth as a player, but also a person. On the flip side, Thomas has dealt with doubt his whole career. After being selected last in the 2011 Draft, he shook up the league by earning All Rookie Second Team honors. One more award to prove just how wrong everyone was about him wouldn’t hurt.