2016 NBA’s Most Improved Player: Aaron Gordon of Orlando Magic

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Feb 11, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. The Orlando Magic defeated the New York Knicks 89-83. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Gordon offers just about everything that Most Improved Players typically do in award-winning seasons, and he looks primed for a true breakout campaign this season.

Increased points?

Increased minutes?

Increased overall impact on a basketball game?

Most actual improvement in skills?

There are a multitude of ways one can go about determining who the most improved played in the NBA is. Most commonly it seems the media usually sticks with the guys who improved his stats the most combined with his teams increase in wins.

I believe Aaron Gordon will not only meet the media’s standards for Most Improved Players — but he will also meet the other baselines for M.I.P. as well.

Last season, Aaron Gordon was stricken with the injury bug. A broken fifth metatarsal caused Gordon to miss a good chunk of the season and upon returning Gordon was understandably rusty. But toward the end of the season he showed why the Magic drafted him fourth overall and in Summer League he showed he was truly on the precipice of something bigger.

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