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Trail Blazers Quarter-Season Awards: Most Improved

Which player has come the farthest in 22 games?

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers own a 6-16 record after 22 games of the 2023-24 regular season. They’re just passing the quarter pole for the year. That’s enough time to get an idea who they are while leaving room for hope and growth in the future. The Trail Blazers today—December 13th, 2023—look far different than the squad that started the season back in October. They’ll look different yet at the NBA All-Star Break.

In deference to that rapid, near-constant change, we’re resurrecting an old Blazer’s Edge tradition today: the Quarter-Season Awards. We’re asking you to vote for players in five different categories, nominating one (1) in each. At the end, we’ll tally the votes and see who walks away with the trophy. We’ll do it again at the halfway mark of the year and see how things have evolved.

For a few years now, this exercise has been tame or, frankly, non-existent. Voting for anyone else but Damian Lillard for MVP was nigh impossible. Most other roles on the team were set too. This year the excitement is back and the field is wide open! We want your opinion accordingly.

The first category we’re surveying is Most Improved Player. Admittedly, this is a tricky one. 99% of the roster was not here last year, making year-to-year comparisons tricky. 99.99% of these players not being in the NBA at all before this season doesn’t help.

You can judge year-to-year where appropriate, but we’re going to clarify this category by asking the question this way:

Which Trail Blazers player has made the biggest leap between opening night and today?

You can define “leap” however you wish: production, contributions vs. expectation, role and significance to the team. However you define it, you can probably think of several candidates.

The comment section is open for your votes! Choose one (1) player for this category and share why you picked them over everyone else. Enjoy the conversation and stay tuned for more categories unfolding throughout the day!