MarcusBrody wrote:Han Solo wrote:clyde21 wrote:this is a pretty stacked year for MIP, Grant, Wood, Randle, Sexton and Brown all have good cases for it, i'd even throw Sabonis in there as well
I agree with this post. There has been a ton of improvement this year with a lot of players.
I wouldn't put him in the MIP list, but I have been impressed with Kuzma's improvement. He's been a really solid defender and making tons of little winning, smart basketball plays for the Lakers. That is a rare transition from a player who was thought of as kind of a bonehead and hopeless defender best suited to taking a lot of shots on a bad team.
A lot of people mocked his contract, but it seems like it might have reassured him and allowed him to really buy into a team first role. Still, the improvement in his mental game from earlier in his career has been rare and impressive.
The magic of a good developmental staff, specifically Phil Handy