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Victor Oladipo, Clint Capela, Spencer Dinwiddie finalists for Most Improved Player

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 23, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Just 17 minutes after his season ended, Victor Oladipo texted his trainer about preparing for next season.

That mentality will almost assuredly win him Most Improved Player this season, maybe even unanimously.

He’s one of three finalists for the award, which will be presented June 25:


  • Victor Oladipo (Pacers)
  • Clint Capela (Rockets)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets)

Oladipo developed the approach of a go-to player, got into great shape (which allowed him to still thrive defensively despite his greater offensive responsibilities) and improved his pull-up 3-pointer. And he got traded to a team that needed him to blossom. Put it all together, and he went from a borderline starter to a true star. He deserves this award.

Capela and Dinwiddie are also deserving of recognition. Capela became a defensive anchor in Houston’s switch-heavy scheme, and he developed the skills to thrive with James Harden and Chris Paul in the pick-and-roll. Dinwiddie had an incredible journey to this point.

Dinwiddie thinks he should get consideration to win this award. I wouldn’t go that far. This is Oladipo’s to runaway with.