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Four candidates for the 2016/17 Most Improved Player

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Jabari Parker

Part of a promising, exciting Milwaukee Bucks roster, Jabari Parker is arguably the most intriguing piece. 

Heading into his third season with the Bucks, the stage is set for Parker to really explode onto the scene as the franchise attempts to get back into the playoffs

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the de facto leader, but having averaged 14.1 points per game while shooting a 49.8 effective field goal percentage, possessing a 20.9 percent usage, shows he is ready to take the next leap.

The Bucks with Giannis and Parker could be in for a huge leap up the Eastern Conference and his progression could be the difference between a strong finish and playoff birth or another early exit.

Harrison Barnes

The former Golden State Warriors has the potential to win the award but his season could go either way.

The forward will see the ball a lot more than he did in the Bay but he need to proves he has the ability to make the most of it. 

Barnes was a huge product coming out of college but has shown little development with the Warriors. His usage percentage was at 15.9 last season and that should improve heavily next year.

11.7 points on a 53.1 effective field goal percentage is a good base for the 24-year-old to build on.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

If the Greek can continue his triple-double antics from the second half of last season then he could be well on the way to claiming the award.

Antetokounmpo is, without a doubt, the Milwaukee Bucks' best player and he showcased that last season with averages of 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

Those stats will make the task more difficult but it isn't too farfetched to believe Giannis can average around 25 points for the Eastern Conference franchise as they look to make a push for the playoffs. 

Dennis Schroder

Having played backup to Jeff Teague for the past three seasons, the point guard spot is now Dennis Schroder's in Atlanta. 

He averaged 11 points and 4.4 assists while playing 20.3 minutes per game last season. 

With Teague now in Indiana, Schroder has to be the outright favourite to scoop the award as his minutes will rise for the east challengers.

A lot of Atlanta's success will depend on the German and he has the ability to take the franchise to the postseason once again. If he can take his shooting percentage closer to 50 percent from the 42.1 he achieved last year, then they are in business.

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