The Charlotte Hornets season might have come to an abrupt end, but that doesn't take away the fact that second-year point guard Devonte' Graham had a huge breakout year, increasing his scoring average from 4.7 to 18.2 points per game, a league-high.
Drafted in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, Graham spent a majority of his rookie season in the G-League with the Hornets' Greensboro Swarm affiliate.
In addition to his scoring increase, Graham averaged 7.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.
He was named a participant in the NBA's 3-point competition during All-Star weekend in February and the Rising Stars Challenge.
"He came out nowhere," Borrego said. "He literally came out of nowhere...People projected him as a G-League player or third point guard and he exceeded all of that. To me, the award is MOST improved and I think that is Devonte'.