Three Toronto Raptors who could take home awards next summer

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Fred VanVleet – Most Improved Player

In a contract year, Fred VanVleet has discovered another gear in his game, playing at such a high level that Sportsnet recently published an article about whether or not Toronto should explore moving Kyle Lowry. Considering how well VanVleet has played in Lowry’s absence, coupled with the emergence of Terence Davis, the idea of trading Lowry is something worth discussing, but I am in no way supportive of doing so. Moving Norman Powell would be something I’d be much more willing to consider.

Despite shooting under 40-percent from the field, VanVleet has been an offensive catalyst for Toronto this season, averaging 17 points, four rebounds, and seven assists while playing 37 minutes a game.

The improvements in VanVleet’s game are undeniable, starting with the ability to finish with both hands around the rim, something VanVleet had struggled with in the past. Also, VanVleet’s dribbling ability has reached new heights in 2019-20, and it’s clear for all to see when he makes up his mind to take the ball inside. More and more, VanVleet’s game reminds me of Steph Curry’s…I can only imagine how many people I’ve offended with that comparison.

Not intending to spark intense debate about VanVleet’s on-court doppelgänger, instead, I hope to shed light on just how impressive the free agent to be has been, especially since Lowry went down. If VanVleet keeps up this level of play, he should receive strong consideration for the same award his teammate took home a season ago.

Any chance Pascal can present FVV with the award if and when he’s declared the NBA’s Most Improved Player this summer?