Welcome to another installment of SB Nation Reacts. In this week’s edition, who deserves to win Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year honors for their contributions this season? Plus, has the confidence level in the Houston Rockets improved from the previous week?
After a week that witnessed the Rockets go 0-3 with losses to the Bucks, Jazz and Trail Blazers, 73 percent of fans are confident that Houston is headed in the right direction. Although the confidence level is still high for a team that will end the 2021 campaign with the league’s worst record, the results are a four percent decline from the previous week (77 percent).
But despite the record, one of the reasons Rocket fans remain confident in the future of the organization is the emergence of Christian Wood. In his first year in Houston, Wood has come into his own, averaging a career-best 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
If it wasn’t for an ankle sprained that sidelined him for 17 games between early February to mid-March, it is highly likely that Wood would have received his first All-Star nod as a result of his breakout season. But what about his chances to win the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award?
According to the general public who took part in this week’s survey, New York Knicks’ superstar Julius Randle leads the way after receiving 69 percent of the votes. Wood finished fourth out of six by receiving five percent of the votes for Most Improved Player of the Year.
The final question in this week’s survey focused on who has the best chance to win Coach of the Year honors in 2021. Once again, the Knicks — who have captured their first winning season since 2013 — came out on top with head coach Tom Thibodeau receiving 50 percent of the votes. Suns’ coach Monty Williams came in at a distant second place with 23 percent of the votes.
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