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Jalen Williams’ Bid to Win NBA’s Most Improved Player Award

Jalen Williams - Thunder

Jalen Williams has made significant strides in his second NBA season, showcasing consistency that extends beyond the All-Star break, solidifying his role as the second option for the Thunder alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

While Williams has made a strong bid for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, the likelihood of winning seems slim given the historical rarity of second-year players clinching the title. However, his trajectory suggests further growth in the near future.

Presently, Williams holds the fourth-best odds for the award, with Tyrese Maxey of the Sixers leading the pack.

OKC Thunder Team

Maxey’s impact in Joel Embiid’s absence and his rise after James Harden’s departure position him as a frontrunner for the award, leaving Williams as a distant contender.

In his rookie season, Williams finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, setting a high bar for his sophomore campaign.

Despite initial expectations of regression, he has significantly improved, averaging 19.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds with impressive shooting percentages.

Jalen Williams – Thunder

As a go-to option for the Thunder in clutch moments, Williams has embraced his role despite playing out of position on paper.

While it’s unsurprising that he may not secure the award in his second season, his ongoing development and the Thunder’s ascent as contenders indicate a bright future ahead.

Though overshadowed by Maxey’s dominance this season, Williams’ continued improvement signals his potential as a rising star in the league.

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