The NBA season has been nothing short of spectacular thus far. Some contenders are struggling, some teams that weren’t supposed to compete have been better than expected, and it just feels like balance has been restored, even in the era of the so-called superteams.
Besides being a never-ending source of entertainment, the NBA also provides plenty of value for those who want to make some money out of it. Multiple sites, such as BetMGM, offer several ways to turn this hobby into a very lucrative endeavor.
Recently, a lot of people have talked about the Most Improved Player award, one of the biggest sources of value when it comes to futures betting. That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 candidates to take home that trophy.
5. Jordan Poole (+2100)
At some point in his career, Jordan Poole was statistically the worst shooter in the league. Now, he’s Stephen Curry’s sidekick and one of the reasons why the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the Association.
Poole went from averaging 12.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game on 43% shooting to a whopping 18.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.5 dimes a game on 45% from the floor. He’s only getting more comfortable and already has a 30+ game this season so don’t sleep on him.
4. Dejounte Murray (+1400)
The San Antonio Spurs haven’t been very good to start the season but you can’t blame Dejounte Murray for that. Albeit not much of a shooter, his playmaking, rebounding, and defense have been elite for Gregg Popovich’s side.
This season, Murray has posted averages of 17.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Those are way more impressive than his averages from last season of 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Keep an eye on him ahead of the trade deadline.
3. Tyler Herro (+1400)
Tyler Herro said that he was going to wake up those who are still sleeping on him and he’s delivered thus far. He was one of the most disappointing players in the league last season but is now one of the leading candidates to win this award and the Sixth Man of the Year award as well.
Herro couldn’t keep up the pace in his sophomore season with averages of 15.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers per game. Now, he’s averaging 20.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.8 three-pointers per contest.
2. Miles Bridges (+410)
Miles Bridges is in the mid of a breakout campaign. He’s been more involved in the offense and having LaMelo Ball feeding him the ball in his spots has been wonderful for the Charlotte Hornets thus far.
Bridges is averaging an impressive 22.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 44.7% from the floor. Last year, he averaged just 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and a couple of assists a game.
1. Ja Morant (+270)
Ja Morant has been so good that he’s not just the leading candidate to win Most Improved Player but also one of the top candidates to win MVP. He’s been lights out this season and is leading the young Memphis Grizzlies to a solid start to the campaign.
Morant proved that he can also be a dominant scorer by averaging 26.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game on 48.5% from the floor; up from his averages of 19.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 0.9 steals per game from last season.