Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant is having a career year this season. The former 2nd overall pick has taken the leap this season and will only get better from this point. Apart from individual brilliance, Morant's impact on the Grizzlies is clearly visible.
Currently, the Grizzlies have a record of 31-16, which is good enough for them to hold the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. If Morant keeps performing like this, he will without a doubt get his first NBA All-Star appearance.
On top of that, many believe that Morant has done more than enough to win the NBA's Most Improved Player award when the season is over. Well, it seems like Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green disagrees with this assessment.
Green is quite certain that Morant has already passed the level of becoming MIP, instead, his name should be taken into consideration for the regular-season MVP award. Green further said in a recent podcast:
"Hell no Ja is not going to get Most Improved. Miles Bridges should get Most Improved. The reason I don’t think Ja should get Most Improved is because Ja (this year) didn’t just become Ja. We knew last year Ja was serious. We knew he was going to be a force to be reckoned with. Now, has he improved? Absolutely. You can tell he lives in the gym and works on his game. He’s 100% improved. What I love most is those guys on that team follow him. They follow his demeanor. He leads that team and that organization. And that’s what I appreciate most about Ja Morant.
Green continued, "When I say ‘hell no’ about the MIP conversation— Ja, in my opinion, Ja has already passed that. Let’s talk about the MVP conversation. That’s the category that I personally feel like Ja Morant needs to be mentioned more in. He’s playing at an MVP-level, All-Star starter, all of those things he is at that level. ... Ja Morant is an incredible, incredible athlete. But even more so than being an incredible athlete, he’s an incredible basketball player and an extremely smart basketball player."
All the points that Green made were absolutely correct and Morant has been proving his worth the entire season. So it might be the time when people start taking notice of what he has been doing this season, and he gets a spot in the MVP conversation.
While Morant might not win this honor this season, he certainly has the talent to win a couple in the future. The only question remains when will it happen.