The NBA has given out its season awards, and it is already full of controversies. One award to make headlines around the world is the Most Improved Player of the Year award, which features Ja Morant.
Fans and analysts around the world are not fans of the fact that Morant has made the final shortlist. Adding his name to the long list of dissenters, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green gave his thoughts.
According to Green, Morant deserves to be in the discussions for the MVP award rather than the Most Improved Player of the Year award.
Draymond Green drops the truth bomb regarding Ja Morant
When one talks about one of the best entertainers in the league, Ja Morant is the name on the fan’s lips. The Memphis Grizzlies star lit up the league with his fancy passes, blocks, and phenomenal dunks.
Interestingly enough, he is in contention to win the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year award. The final shortlist contains the likes of Dejounte Murray, Darius Garland, and Ja Morant. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
It seems that the Golden State Warriors man Draymond Green is not a fan of this. Talking about Morant making it into the final 3, he said, “Ja Morant sent us home last year. He’s sending guys home this year. I don’t see the ‘Most Improved’ part. Again, what I do see is the MVP-caliber part.”
“Ja Morant sent us home last year. He’s sending guys home this year. I don’t see the ‘Most Improved’ part. Again, what I do see is the MVP-caliber part…”
Draymond Green believes Ja Morant should not be among the finalists for the Most Improved Player award pic.twitter.com/J0xkw9A6DB
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Considering the level Morant has been this season, Green is not wrong. Morant averages 27.4 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. On the other hand, he averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds last season. (Source: basketballreference.com)
Nov 24, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzles guard Ja Morant (12) dunks during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
While Morant is in pole position to win the award, fans and analysts feel players like Jordan Poole are being robbed. Poole has been phenomenal during the playoffs and is slowly turning into the new ‘Splash Brother’.
He scored an insane 30, 29, and 27 points against the Denver Nuggets in the 3 playoff matches to put his team 3-0. Interestingly enough, he averaged 12.0 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.8 rebounds last season.
With such phenomenal performances, Poole is putting a powerful statement why he deserves to be in the Top 3 instead of Ja Morant.