What is the biggest thing standing in De’Aaron Fox’s way from receiving this honor? Second-year players do not really win the Most Improved Player Award, at least not in recent history. The perception may be that players are expected to improve from their first to second years, whereas marked improvements later in a career is more of an achievement. This would be a shame as De’Aaron Fox has done more than just “improve”. Over the course of just one summer, he has improved upon the biggest weakness in his game (shooting), while also becoming the alpha dog on a team that has taken everyone by surprise.
Looking at just the numbers, the increased role, and the overall success, De’Aaron Fox has a clear case to be the most improved player for the 2018-2019 season. Unfortunately, he will have some recent history to buck in order to do it.