Why D'Angelo Russell Should Be the 2019 Most Improved Player

Monday, May 27, 2019 3:06 PM UTC

Monday, May. 27, 2019 3:06 PM UTC

D'Angelo Russell played the best basketball of his career this season and he's a finalist for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. Here's why he should win it.

<div><p>Russell, who will enter free agency, helped the Nets make the NBA Playoffs for the first time in four years (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a> had them at +300 to make the playoffs) and made his first NBA All-Star Game.</p><p>The Nets will be an attractive free agent destination in the summer but they can also build the team around Russell. 5Dimes set their season win total at 32 and he helped them finish 42-40 to surpass that number with ease.</p><p>Russell could go for a deal at a starting value of $20 million and when asked about his future, Nets General Manager Sean Marks' comments were clear:</p><p><em>"He's obviously one of our more talented players. 'You (reporter) said that we'll have decisions. D'Angelo is going to have decisions, too. That is a little bit of the nature of this business. But at the end of the day, our job is to continue to put talent on the floor for Brooklyn.'"</em></p><p>Russell played at an All-Star level all season long and even in the offseason and with his future unclear he's working out with the Nets, looking to get even better.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;DLo getting work in at Nets practice facility. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Posted 1:22am (via &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Cbrickley603?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@Cbrickley603&lt;/a&gt; Instagram.)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/LTQEDjzXSz\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/LTQEDjzXSz&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/APOOCH/status/1131798166750355456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 24, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>On his end, D'Angelo Russell understands that the Nets want to be contenders and he's willing to be a part of that.</p><p>Russell averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range in 30.2 minutes over 81 games last season after averaging 15.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc in 48 games (35 starts) in the 2017-18 season (his first with the Nets).</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/dbtbH5uhSIs\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Pascal Siakam and De'Aron Fox deserve to be nominated for the Most Improved Player award but Russell made a bigger leap this season and his impact on the Nets was more significant, the numbers and the results are there to back him up and his <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank">betting odds</a> offer tremendous value.</p><p><strong><u>2019 Most Improved Player Odds<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://a.sportsbookreview.com/record/v?c=133&amp;a=f3f21e61-d9f3-4f0e-b0e8-170a0846bc18&amp;f=3" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>)</u></strong></p><p>Pascal Siakam -1600</p><p>D'Angelo Russell +400</p><p>De'Aaron Fox +5000</p></div>
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