MarJon Beauchamp – Most Improved Player
I don’t think I’m the only person who liked the look of MarJon Beauchamp during his rookie season and wished to have seen more of him on the court. The wing is coming into this season with high hopes from Bucks fans and has been putting in the effort on the court to ensure Griffin gives him more time on the court as he continues to develop.
As seen in the Behind the Buck Pass roundtable, two of our writers’ hot takes involved Beauchamp taking home the Most Improved Player Award; it’s on the table. The two-guard starting spot looks like it may belong to Malik Beasley, but his impact was huge for the Los Angeles Lakers off the bench last season, so further down the line, we may see various lineups, which could see Beauchamp become a starter.
He featured in 52 games last season and averaged 5.1 points on 40 percent shooting and 33 percent from 3-point range. Defensively, he showed skills and energy that could be a huge asset for the Bucks as the loss of Jrue Holiday is big defensively, and the 6-foot-6 wing will be expected to contribute on both ends of the floor.
Offensively, there is still room to grow, and with the ball being in the hands of Lillard, Giannis, and Middleton more often than not, his ability to hit the three will have to improve, along with his ability to drive to the basket, which will be huge to Milwaukee.
It may need to be a big jump in his second season for him to claim this award, but he has already displayed the skills and mindset to achieve this. There will be some growing pains along the way, but I don’t think there is any doubt about Beauchamp being a vital part of the Bucks and winning the M.I.P. award is possible.