20. D’Angelo Russell — Brooklyn Nets
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A leading candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year, Russell blossomed into an All-Star level guard in 2019. He’s ran Brooklyn’s offense with supreme confidence all year long with a clever array of step backs, floaters, and pin point passes.
19. Nikola Vucevic — Orlando Magic
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One of the last remaining relics of the famed Dwight Howard trade, Vucevic has been a force for the Magic this year. The double-double machine became the franchise’s first All-Star since Howard’s departure. Vuc has been one of the league’s best post players, but is also knocking down threes at a respectable 36 percent clip.