Welcome to the Devonte' Graham Show.
Each and every year in the NBA, we are treated with a couple of storylines that just flat out catch all of us by surprise. No, I'm not talking about the return of Carmelo Anthony to the NBA...We're talking about one of the best stories in the NBA that not NEARLY enough people are paying attention to.
Devonte' Graham of the Charlotte Hornets is playing some fantastic basketball. This Hornets team was thought to be heading for disaster before this season began, but the Hornets have had some nice developmental pieces starting to blossom. The main one we are discussing here, of course, is the impressive play of second year guard Devonte' Graham.
Graham was the 34th pick in last year's NBA Draft, and spent the majority of his rookie year developing in the G-League for the Greensboro Swarm. Graham experienced plenty of success in his time with the Swarm, averaging 23.3 PTS, 4.9 AST, and 4.6 REB. But his jump this year in the NBA has been sensational. For any players out there looking for an example of what hard work in the offseason can do, Graham should be a perfect example of how quickly a player can take the next leap. Take a look below at just how insane the increase in production across the board Graham has experienced so far this season compared to his rookie year.
Graham has turned into a valuable backcourt weapon playing alongside newcomer Terry Rozier. The most intriguing development to Graham's game has been his ability to add the long ball on a more "consistent" basis. Notice the versatility to Devonte's scoring ability. If you in fact take a deeper look at the advanced numbers, Graham ranks 2nd on the Hornets when it comes to PER at 18.6 in terms of players who have played more than 1 game with Charlotte (sorry Jalen McDaniels). It will be interesting to see if Graham can keep this momentum going moving forward, but for now he's found himself as a serious contender for MIP.