One award that is really not a popular one as far as fan reception is concerned is the Most Improved Player Of The Year award. This year, the award could go to one of the Dallas Mavericks.
O.J. Mayo should definitely be consider as the #1 guy who has improved from last season. The last two seasons before coming to Dallas, he averaged 12 points per game with the Memphis Grizzlies. That also goes with 36.4% from the three-point field.
There is no doubt that Mayo has been the guy that has kept the Mavericks alive in this early season. He has kept the Mavs around the .500 mark and once the Mavs superstar returns, Dirk Nowitzki, Mayo can help him turn the Mavs season around.
Right now, Mayo is averaging 20.9 points and is 52.3% from the beyond the arc. Not to mention being a clutch player in this early Mavs season.
This is the first time that he has been performing at an all-star level since entering the league in 2008. He was drafted third overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who later traded the rights to Memphis.
His first season with Memphis he was 38.4% from behind the three-point line and scored 18.5 points a game. His rookie year was his best year of his career. He had a decent year in his second year, but since then he has declined in all stats.
Who knows if he can keep up his game all season long, and especially when Nowitzki returns. People are worried that once he returns that the attention on the scoring end will turn to Nowitzki instead of Mayo.
However, lets say they do click and Mayo still performs at an all-star level. Why shouldn’t he be consider the most improved player of the year then? If Mayo plays like he has been even when the big German returns, then I believe that he will be one of the top three candidates for the award.