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Ja Morant Wins Most Improved Player Award

Ja Morant

On Monday, Memphis Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant became the first Grizzlies player to receive the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.

It is his second major award in three seasons: Two years ago, he was titled the league’s Rookie of the Year over Zion Williamson, who was also a contender for the award in 2020.

The 22-year-old Morant is also the first player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved Player in his career.

“It’s definitely big-time,” Morant said. “This award goes to me, but I feel like it’s a team effort.”

Morant made incredible leaps this year, setting career highs in points per game (27.4), rebounds (5.7), steals (1.2), and field-goal percentage (49.3%) this season. His scoring average was 19.1 points per game last season while playing nearly the same amount of minutes as this season, so the improvement is definitely there.

The Grizzlies’ young core has been incredible this year and has made otherworldly improvements. In addition to Morant, the Grizzlies had two other players receive votes for MIP. Desmond Bane ended in fifth for the honor, and Jaren Jackson Jr. was tenth.

“That pretty much just shows our work ethic, as a whole, as a team,” Morant said. “We all push each other. We all want to be better. I thought we all have that ‘never satisfied’ mindset, and that’s why you see three guys from the same team receiving votes for this award.”

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray came in second for the award with 183 points (20 first-place votes). Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers was third with 178 points (11 first-place votes), and Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole finished fourth with 131 points (15 first-place votes).

Morant and Co. have to take care of some business in the playoffs. The Grizzlies are tied 2-2 in their first-round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves with Game 5 set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday in Memphis.

 

By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy

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Written by Jeremiah Griffith

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