Now that half the season has been torn up and the trade deadline has anticlimactically passed – though DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans was a shocker – it’s time to start projecting early 2016-17 NBA Award winners. And while the MVP, Rookie of the Year and Best Hairdo Awards will always stand tall as the most sought after honors, I believe in one underdog award above all – NBA Most Improved Player. Not only do we get gassed up over what it stands for, but we think this year’s winner is already cemented. And it’s none other than one steadily improving baller, Cash Considerations.
Last season, CJ McCollum of the Trail Blazers hauled in the award after a breakout season in which he finished ninth overall in three-pointers made (197) and three-point percentage (41.7) and helped Damian Lillard carry the Blazers to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Impressive, sure.
Early bets to win this year’s MIP Award were Isaiah Thomas (29.9 points and 6.3 assists per game), Harrison Barnes (20.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game), and of course the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo (a whopping 23.4 points, 5.5 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game) – the latter known in some circles as Antetokounmpolypse Now. Heck, I’ll even throw Nikola Jokic, Otto Porter and James Johnson into the mix, all of whom are going jamón this season.
But while the three (six) of them certainly deserve the attention, I’m sold on Cash Considerations as the most underappreciated asset on any NBA team.
And what’s more impressive is his ability to help multiple teams equally, a feat unachieved by any other basketball player on the planet. In a league stuffed with fat and often overpaid contracts, Cash Considerations offers clean flexibility for mostly rebuilding teams, but also more elite squads looking to skim some expensive blubber before the playoffs.
Keep it up, young fella – we’re rooting for ya.