That mentality will almost assuredly win him Most Improved Player this season, maybe even unanimously.
He’s one of three finalists for the award, which will be presented June 25:
Oladipo developed the approach of a go-to player, got into great shape (which allowed him to still thrive defensively despite his greater offensive responsibilities) and improved his pull-up 3-pointer. And he got traded to a team that needed him to blossom. Put it all together, and he went from a borderline starter to a true star. He deserves this award.
Capela and Dinwiddie are also deserving of recognition. Capela became a defensive anchor in Houston’s switch-heavy scheme, and he developed the skills to thrive with James Harden and Chris Paul in the pick-and-roll. Dinwiddie had an incredible journey to this point.
Dinwiddie thinks he should get consideration to win this award. I wouldn’t go that far. This is Oladipo’s to runaway with.