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Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award? 

Aaron Hager
Updated January 10, 2020 15.5k votes 2.5k voters 25.7k views 46 items

Every 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award candidate is hoping to take a significant step forward in his career. The list of MIP candidates typically features players in two categories competing for the prize. One level is the slate of good players becoming great or All-Star worthy like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and Victor Oladipo in recent years. 

The other type of player to contend for the award is someone who was struggling finally breaking out to show his skills like past winners Ryan Anderson, Aaron Brooks, and Bobby Simmons. Younger players frequently win the award when taking a huge jump forward in the league. Players like Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, and De'Aaron Fox all could be looking to take the next step in their careers.

So make your 2020 NBA Most Improved Player predictions below, voting up the players you think have the best odds of competing for the award and voting down the players who shouldn't be near the top of the list. Add any players you think belong here that aren't listed below. Then head over and check out the top candidates for 2019 NBA MVP.

1
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Brandon Ingram
New Orleans Pelicans

Last season's stats: 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.6 bpg, 0.5 spg

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Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Miami Heat

Last season's stats: 8.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.9 bpg, 0.9 spg

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Oklahoma City Thunder

Last season's stats: 10.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 spg

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4
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Indiana Pacers

Last season's stats: 14.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.6 spg

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5
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Jaylen Brown
Boston Celtics

Last season's stats: 13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.9 spg

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Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Boston Celtics

Last season's stats: 15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg

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7
Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Phoenix Suns

Last season's stats: 15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.9 bpg

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8
Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Trae Young
Atlanta Hawks

Last season's stats: 19.1 ppg, 8.1 apg, 3.7 rpg, 0.9 spg

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9
Markelle Fultz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Orlando Magic

Last season's stats: 8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 0.9 spg

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10
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Toronto Raptors

Last season's stats: 7.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 spg

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11
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Minnesota Timberwolves

Last season's stats: 18.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg

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12
Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Lonzo Ball
New Orleans Pelicans

Last season's stats: 9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.5 spg

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13
Jaren Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Memphis Grizzlies

Last season's stats: 13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 bpg, 0.9 spg

14
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Sacramento Kings

Last season's stats: 17.3 ppg, 7.3 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 spg

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15
Dejounte Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
San Antonio Spurs

Last season's stats: Did not play last season due to injury

16
Caris LeVert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
17
Jonathan Isaac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
18
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Charlotte Hornets

Last season's stats: 7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.7 spg

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Luke Kennard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Detroit Pistons

Last season's stats: 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg  

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20
Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Terry Rozier
Charlotte Hornets

Last season's stats: 9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.9 spg

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21
Mitchell Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
New York Knicks

Last season's stats: 7.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 0.8 spg

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22
Buddy Hield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Sacramento Kings

Last season's stats: 20.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.7 spg

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23
Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Los Angeles Clippers

Last season's stats: 16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2,0 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.9 spg

24
Kevin Huerter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Atlanta Hawks

Last season's stats: 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.9 spg

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Marvin Bagley III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?
Sacramento Kings

Last season's stats: 14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg