This season many players improved their games and took a step forward in their careers but one in particular is making a difference for his team while giving them great value on the NBA betting markets!
To me, 3 players have improved more than anyone this season and they deserve to compete for the Most Improved Player award: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Avery Bradley.
This is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s fourth year in the NBA and although he has shown constant improvement over the years, this season in particular has been extra impressive for him. Now he’s pretty much become a superstar, leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks while helping them fight for a playoff spot. Watching a 6' 11" point guard that can do it all is exciting and what he’s doing is unbelievable but he is not who I consider the most improved player this season.
Like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic has helped his team fight for a playoff spot and what he’s doing in his second season in the NBA is impressive. Jokic is averaging 16.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists and he’s become the best player on the Nuggets. He was pretty much under the radar as a rookie and now his name will never be forgotten but someone else has improved even more this year.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley gets my vote for Most Improved Player of the Year. Bradley has been in the league for seven years and 2016-17 has been his best season by far. He has always been known for his outstanding talent on the defensive end. It’s been like that since he was in college in Texas and the Celtics usually make him guard the best player of their opponents. This speaks volumes about his skills on defense but his stats on offense have improved almost every season, particularly from 2015-16 to 2016-17. Last season he averaged 15.2 points per game and this year he is scoring 16.9 points per game at the time of this writing.
His rebounding skills are another reason why he has impressed me so much. Al Horford and Jae Crowder missed some games earlier in the season and Bradley, a 6' 2" shooting guard was averaging around 8 rebounds. Now that Horford and Crowder are back he's averaging 6.2 rebounds, good enough for second-best on the team behind Horford. Bradley’s willingness to contribute at both ends of the floor at all times is why the Celtics are closing in on the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
Isaiah Thomas is the best player on the team, there’s no doubt about that but the Celtics wouldn’t have won so many games without Avery Bradley.
As of this writing, the Celtics are just one game behind the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings while offering plenty of value at +2000 NBA odds to win the NBA Championship at BetOnline and at +700 to win the Eastern Conference at Bovada and they have a decent chance to pull at least one of those off because of Bradley.Free NBA Pick: Celtics +700 to win the Eastern Conference