Sports

Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player? 

Aaron Hager
Updated July 23, 2019 46.8k votes 8.8k voters 61.5k views 50 items
Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

UPDATE: Head over and check out the 2020 NBA Most Improved Player predictions.

Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam was named 2018-19 NBA Most Improved Player. He averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, all improvements over his previous season, while playing for the eventual NBA champions. He bumped up his shooting percentage from 50.8 percent to 54.9 percent, and possibly most impressive, he improved his free-throw percentage from 62.1 percent to 78.5 percent.

At the start of the 2018-19 season, players like Brandon Ingram, Myles Turner, Cedi Osman, and Jamal Murray were among the favorites to be named Most Improved Player. The award often goes to young, up-and-coming players setting new career highs and achieving record-breaking stats, the kind of seasons expected from players like Markelle Fultz, Julius Randle, and Elfrid Payton.  

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Most Improved Player award were the winner Pascal Siakam, the Brooklyn Nets' D'Angelo Russell, and the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox.

list voting closed
1
Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Number: 13

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER WINNER

Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the New ...more

More Pascal Siakam 

#38 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #426 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #8 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

2
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
theprocess added

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 23

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER FINALIST

D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more

More D'Angelo Russell 

#303 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #45 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #80 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

3
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #3 Bryan.k16 added Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 31

Number: 1

Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more

More Derrick Rose 

#83 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #4 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #79 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

4
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
CunningVet added

Teams: Sacramento Kings

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER FINALIST

De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college ...more

More De'Aaron Fox 

#10 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #453 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

5
Buddy Hield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #5 FranklinTurtle added Guard from Freeport, Bahamas

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Number: 24

Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield (born December 17, 1993) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield (born December 17, 1992) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He was named the ...more

More Buddy Hield 

#444 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #67 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #51 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

6
Zach LaVine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #6 Guard from Renton, Washington

Teams: Chicago Bulls

Age: 24

Number: 8

Zachary LaVine (born March 10, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected in the first round of the ...more

More Zach LaVine 

#386 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #32 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #68 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

7
Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #7 rafa95 added Forward from Tarboro, North Carolina

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 25

Number: 5

Montrezl Dashay Harrell (born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
8
Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #8

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Age: 22

Number: 27

Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball ...more

More Jamal Murray 

#15 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #77 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #38 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

9
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #9 rafa95 added Small forward and Power forward from Islip, New York

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 27

Number: 12

Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He played one season of college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers before ...more
10
John Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #10 rafa95 added

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Number: 20

John Martin Collins III (born September 23, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
11
Julius Randle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #11 Power forward from Dallas, Texas

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 25

Number: 30

Julius Deion Randle (born November 29, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In his only season of college ...more

More Julius Randle 

#16 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #746 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #88 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

12
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #12 Tadas Sinica added Center / Power forward from Portland, Oregon

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 23

Number: 11

Domantas Sabonis (born May 3, 1996) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played in Spain for Unicaja ...more

More Domantas Sabonis 

#97 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #403 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #38 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

13
Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #13 Spencer Dinwiddie Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 22

Number: 26

Spencer Dinwiddie (born April 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

More Spencer Dinwiddie 

#573 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #98 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #165 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

14
Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #16

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Number: 23

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In college, he has ...more
15
Caris LeVert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #14

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Number: 22

Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

More Caris LeVert 

#676 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #141 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #41 of 55 Who Is The Fastest Player In The NBA Right Now?

16
Cedi Osman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #15 Point guard from Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

Age: 24

Cedi Osman (born April 8, 1995) is a Turkish-Macedonian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the small forward

More Cedi Osman 

#48 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #709 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #242 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

17
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #18 rafa95 added Shooting guard and Small forward from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teams: indisana pacers

Age: 30

Number: 44

Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association ...more

More Bojan Bogdanović 

#26 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #60 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #75 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

18
Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #17 rafa95 added Guard from Edmond, Oklahoma

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 26

Number: 0

Joshua Michael Richardson (born September 15, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

More Josh Richardson 

#430 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #100 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #124 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

19
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #27 cc16983 added Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more

More Rudy Gobert 

#49 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #14 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #365 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

20
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #20 jakeryan25251 added Power forward from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 30

Number: 32

Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

More Blake Griffin 

The Best Blake Griffin Dunks #100 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #231 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

21
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #19 Alvaro Santiesteban added Center from Flint, Michigan

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 31

Number: 7

JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall by the ...more

More JaVale McGee 

#98 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #715 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #51 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

22
Justise Winslow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #32 JoelChan1 added Small forward / Point guard from Houston

Teams: Miami Heat

Number: 20

Justise Jon Winslow (born March 26, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke ...more

More Justise Winslow 

#110 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #23 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time #56 of 83 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

23
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #24 Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 33

Number: 3

Louis Williams may refer to: Louis Williams (American football) (born 1979), American football player Louis Williams (sailor) (1845–1886), American sailor Louis Williams (architect) (1890–1980), ...more

More Lou Williams 

#257 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #24 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #91 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

24
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #21 rafa95 added Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college ...more

More Joel Embiid 

#53 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #124 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,976 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

25
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Most Improved Player?
voting closed at #23 Brandon Ingram Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Number: 14

Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Los ...more