Who's Been The Biggest Improver This Year? Round Eight

We've looked into the numbers.

Who's Been The Biggest Improver This Year? Round Eight

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Eight rounds in, it's fair to judge who's made a massive step forward this year.

Going by disposals, the biggest step looks to have been made by Melbourne's Clayton Oliver.

Oliver is averaging a remarkable 31 disposals a game this season, up from 19 in his debut season last year.

It's by far the biggest increase in disposals per game from 2016 to 2017.

Oliver comes in ahead of Carlton skipper Marc Murphy, who has too made a huge leap this year.

Murphy battled injury to play just 10 games and average 20.2 touches a game, but he's bounced right back to his best this year, also managing 30 disposals a game in 2017.

2017's biggest improvers

Ranked by increase in disposals per game from 2016 to 2017, minimum five games in each season

1. Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) - +11.8 disposals (19.2 disposals per game in 2016 to 31.0 in 2017)

2. Marc Murphy (Carlton) - +9.5 disposals (20.5 to 30.0)

3. Elliot Yeo (West Coast) - +8.9 disposals (16.7 to 25.5)

4. Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide) - +8.8 disposals (18.4 to 27.1)

5. Jarrod Harbrow (Gold Coast) - +8.5 disposals (18.6 to 27.1)

6. Brad Hill (Fremantle) - +7.6 disposals (17.4 to 25.0)

7. Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide) - +6.6 disposals (15.4 to 22.0)

8. Wayne Milera (Adelaide) - +6.4 disposals (11.1 to 17.6)

9. George Hewett (Sydney) - +6.3 disposals (13.1 to 19.3)

10. Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn) - +6.3 disposals (27.9 to 34.1)

2017's biggest improvers by club

Adelaide: Wayne Milera - +6.4 disposals (11.1 to 17.6)

Brisbane: Ben Keays - +5.0 disposals (11.4 to 16.4)

Carlton: Marc Murphy - +9.5 disposals (20.5 to 30.0)

Collingwood: Tom Phillips - +2.4 disposals (17.0 to 19.4)

Essendon: Joe Daniher - +3.1 disposals (13.2 to 16.3)

Fremantle: Brad Hill - +7.6 disposals (17.4 to 25.0)

Geelong: Zach Tuohy - +6.0 disposals (20.1 to 26.1)

Gold Coast: Jarrod Harbrow - +8.5 disposals (18.6 to 27.1)

GWS: Jeremy Cameron - +5.6 disposals (11.3 to 16.9)

Hawthorn: Tom Mitchell - +6.3 disposals (27.9 to 34.1)

Melbourne: Clayton Oliver - +11.8 disposals (19.2 to 31.0)

North Melbourne: Aaron Mullett - +5.8 disposals (16.0 to 21.8)

Port Adelaide: Brad Ebert - +8.8 disposals (18.4 to 27.1)

Richmond: Kane Lambert - +3.4 disposals (14.7 to 18.1)

St Kilda: Jack Steele - +6.0 disposals (15.5 to 21.5)

Sydney: George Hewett - +6.3 disposals (13.1 to 19.3)

West Coast: Elliot Yeo - +8.9 disposals (16.7 to 25.5)

Western Bulldogs: Lin Jong - +3.8 disposals (16.8 to 20.5)

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