As the playoffs approach, the biggest surprise of the season is likely the success of the New York Knicks. For the first time since 2013, the Knicks have reached the postseason and they did so without a true superstar leading the team.
They don’t have to look too far back in history for inspiration either, with Jimmy Butler leading the similarly-built Miami Heat to a revelatory performance inside the NBA Bubble in Orlando and taking the Los Angeles Lakers to six games in the NBA Finals last year.
In place of a superstar, the Knicks are led on the court by Julius Randle and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Both of whom fans believe will finish the season with an individual award. 69 percent of fans around the league believe Randle should win the 2020-21 Most Improved Player award. The next closest player, Michael Porter Jr., received 11 percent of the vote.
50 percent of national fans believe Thibodeau has earned the Coach of the Year award this season. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams took 23 percent.
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