Did the Most Improved Market Improve?

Card Ladder
Apr 20, 20232 min read

Lauri Markkanen is sitting pretty at -250 to win the 2023 NBA most improved award. Coming into the league in 2017, the 7th pick was immediately dealt by the Wolves to Chicago for Jimmy Butler. His first two seasons started out promising, averaging 15 followed by 18 points per game. Standing at 7 feet, he showed flashes of greatness with a sweet shooting touch and ability to score from anywhere. However his defense and 43% field goal percentage were somewhat of concern, but easily improvable. His final 2 seasons on the Bulls were riddled by injuries and regression on the court. As a free agent, he signed with the Cavaliers where he stagneted...

In the words of Emeril Lagasse BAM! Lauri was on fire for the Jazz all season long, averaging 26 points and 9 rebounds per game. However, the Jazz did miss the playoffs but they were a very competitive team and in and out of the play-in race. The Jazz were projected to be one of, if not the worst team in the league after dealing away Mitchell and Gobert.

Over the last six months, this Lauri's performance has skyrocketed his market with an impressive 81% growth. Lauri has shown remarkable improvement in key areas of his game, including shooting, defense, and overall athleticism. His strong work ethic and commitment to his craft has not only helped him achieve individual success but he has also positively impacted the team's overall performance. With this level of growth, there's no telling how far Lauri can go in his career.