Alexej Pokusevski’s potential breakthrough season

When the Thunder selected Aleksej Pokusevski (commonly referred to as Poku) with the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft some fans were underwhelmed, but quickly Poku became a fan favorite with his flashy passes, and guard like tendencies that gave Thunder fans flashbacks of a young Kevin Durant. 

In his rookie season Poku averaged 8.2 PPG , 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 34% from the field and 28% from three; and though those percentages may not wow you he did show some major potential, including the final game of the season against the Clippers where he totaled his NBA career high 29 points on 10-19 from the field and 6-9 from three. 

The MIP ( Most Improved Player) Award could be a loaded field this year and could potentially include his  teammate Shai Gilgeous Alexander, but I do not find it far fetched to say if Poku can consistently knock down the three and become a solid scoring threat, paired with his defense that he showed off last year ( averaging 1 block and 1 steal per game)  Poku could put his name in the running for the NBA’s most Improved Player. 

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