The NBA’s Most Improved Player award usually goes to a player who greatly increases their scoring average. Frequently it is young player who finally puts it together in their third or fourth season (CJ McCollum, Kevin Love, Zach Randolph, etc). Sometimes it is a veteran who finds a larger role or takes an unexpected leap after a change of scenery (Victor Oladipo, Hedo Turkoglu, Jermaine O’Neal).
While there are many worthy candidates, picking the frontrunners for the award this year is not a very controversial discussion. But what if we were to also try and select the opposite of most improved, and name the NBA’s Least Improved Players as well?
That is the task given to Dave DuFour (Count the Dings, The Athletic) and Anthony Irwin (Locked on Lakers, Silver Screen and Roll) on a spicy new episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. In addition to breaking down the race for Most Improved Player they help create an ignominious list of the Least Improved Players, using the following subjective guidelines:
- Whose skills seem to be actively eroding or regressing?
- Who has lost the most perceived trade value since the season began?
- Which once promising players are we no longer optimistic about?
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