Thursday, April 11, 2013
Who's the NBA's Most Improved?
By Joe Kaiser
New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez finished with a season-low 2 assists last night against Sacramento, but that shouldn't tarnish what's been a breakout season for the third-year player out of Maryland.
Vasquez has emerged out of nowhere this season, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 assists on a team with others like Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon getting the bulk of the attention. His season has been so good, in fact, that Vasquez may very well now be the guy the Hornets go with as their point guard of the future.
Today, our own Chris Broussard writes that Vasquez should get the nod for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, beating out other breakout guys like Paul George, Nikola Vucevic and Lance Stephenson. Here's Broussard with more.
Chris BroussardFew could have expected this out of Vasquez
"Sure, the third-year point guard showed promise last season, but no one foresaw this. On a team averaging just 94 points a game -- ranking 25th in the league -- Vasquez is second (excluding Rondo) in the league in assists with 9.1 per game. His 700 total assists far outpaces even Paul's 637. Coupled with his 13.9 points per game, the crafty Vasquez has been an absolute revelation."