Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies Wins The 2021-2022 Most Improved Player Award

The most improved player each season in the NBA goes to a player that has made leaps in their game compared to the previous season. The three finalists this year were Darius Garland, Dejounte Murray and Ja Morant. Well, for the 2021-2022 season, Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies has won the most improved player.

Morant in his third season with the Grizzlies has improved in nearly every statistical category compared to last year. The most impressive has been the points per game average which jumped from 19 to 27 PPG. He has also improved in his field goal percentage going from 45% to 49%. More critically, the three-point percentage has climbed from 30% to 35% with more attempts at 4.5 per game. Morant, who is a rising star in the league has propelled his game to the next level.

Now, Morant can add the most improved to his list of accolades which include the Rookie of the Year after being drafted second overall in 2019. The young Grizzlies star has shown he can lead a team to the second seed in the ever-competitive Western Conference. 

Memphis, who finished second throughout the regular season is facing the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs. Currently, the series is tied at 2-2 and the Grizzlies are looking to take the lead at home in game five tomorrow night against the Timberwolves. Morant could prove his case against some doubters of most improved by winning a series in the NBA playoffs. 

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