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Who Will Win The 2020 NBA Most Improved Player Award?

Updated January 10, 2020 25.9k votes 2.9k voters 30.0k views46 items
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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.

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  • Bam Adebayo1
    1,282
    762

    Bam Adebayo

    Miami Heat

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Number13

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

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  • Brandon Ingram2
    1,271
    780

    Brandon Ingram

    New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina

    Number14

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

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  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander3
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    681

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionGuard

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    Number2

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

  • Jayson Tatum4
    725
    554

    Jayson Tatum

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward

    Number0

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

  • Domantas Sabonis5
    554
    418

    Domantas Sabonis

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionCenter / Power forward

    Age24

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Number11

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

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  • Jaylen Brown6
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    Jaylen Brown

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard

    Number7

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

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  • Trae Young7
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    442

    Trae Young

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPoint guard

    Number11

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

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.8
    348
    320

    Kelly Oubre Jr.

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionSmall forward, Shooting guard

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    Number3

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

  • Markelle Fultz9
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    Markelle Fultz

    Orlando Magic

    Number20

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

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  • Lonzo Ball10
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    529

    Lonzo Ball

    New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint Guard

    Number2

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

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  • OG Anunoby11
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    OG Anunoby

    Toronto Raptors

    PositionSmall forward

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

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  • Andrew Wiggins12
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    410

    Andrew Wiggins

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    Age24

    BirthplaceMarkham, Thornhill, Canada

    Number22

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

  • De'Aaron Fox13
    314
    382

    De'Aaron Fox

    Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

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

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.14
    285
    350

    Jaren Jackson Jr.

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPower forward / Center

    Number13

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

  • Caris LeVert15
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    Caris LeVert

    Brooklyn Nets

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Number22

    Last season's stats: 13.7 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.1 spg

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  • Dejounte Murray16
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    Dejounte Murray

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPoint guard

    Number5

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

  • Jonathan Isaac17
    310
    397

    Jonathan Isaac

    Orlando Magic

    PositionSmall forward / Power forward

    Number1

    Last season's stats: 9.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.8 spg

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  • Terry Rozier18
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    Terry Rozier

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Number3

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

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  • Mitchell Robinson19
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    Mitchell Robinson

    New York Knicks

    PositionCenter

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

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

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  • Miles Bridges20
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    Miles Bridges

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionSmall forward / Power forward

    Number0

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

  • Montrezl Harrell21
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    Montrezl Harrell

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Age26

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Number5

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

  • Buddy Hield22
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    Buddy Hield

    Sacramento Kings

    BirthplaceFreeport, Bahamas

    Number24

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

  • Seth Curry23
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    Seth Curry

    Dallas Mavericks

    Age29

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    Number30

    Last season's stats: 7.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.5 spg

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  • Luke Kennard24
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    Luke Kennard

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio, USA

    Number5

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

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  • John Collins25
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    John Collins

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPower forward

    Number20

    Last season's stats: 19.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 bpg