NBA Most Improved Player Award

Professional basketball award

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National Basketball Association Most Improved Player Award (MIP)
SportBasketball
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Awarded forPlayer with greatest improvement in playing ability in regular season of the National Basketball Association
History
First award1985–86; Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs)
Most recentJulius Randle
New York Knicks

The NBA's Most Improved Player Award (MIP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points, and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.[1]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 36 players. No player has ever won the award twice. Boris Diaw, Kevin Love, Pascal Siakam, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship, Siakam is the only winner to win a championship in the same season as the award, and Antetokounmpo is the only winner to win NBA Finals MVP. Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Pascal Siakam are the only award winners born outside the United States.

Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph, Goran Dragic, and Pascal Siakam were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragić, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. Pascal Siakam made the All-NBA Second Team the year after he won the award. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first recipient of the award to later become an NBA MVP. Tracy McGrady is the only recipient to win a scoring title as well as being the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Winners

A basketball player, wearing a white jersey inscribed with the word "ROCKETS" across the front, holds a basketball away from another basketball player guarding him. A referee stands in the background.
Tracy McGrady won the award in the 2000–01 NBA season.
A basketball player, wearing a black jersey inscribed with the word "WOLVES" and the number 42 on the front.
Kevin Love won the award in the 2010–11 NBA season.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1985–86 Alvin Robertson Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs
1986–87 Dale Ellis Guard/Forward  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1987–88 Kevin Duckworth Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1988–89 Kevin Johnson Guard  United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Rony Seikaly[a] Center  United States Miami Heat
1990–91 Scott Skiles Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1991–92 Pervis Ellison Center/Forward  United States Washington Bullets
1992–93 Chris Jackson Guard  United States Denver Nuggets
1993–94 Don MacLean Forward  United States Washington Bullets (2)
1994–95 Dana Barros Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1995–96 Gheorghe Mureșan Center  Romania Washington Bullets (3)
1996–97 Isaac Austin Center  United States Miami Heat (2)
1997–98 Alan Henderson Forward  United States Atlanta Hawks
1998–99 Darrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic (2)
1999–00 Jalen Rose Guard/Forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2000–01 Tracy McGrady* Guard/Forward  United States Orlando Magic (3)
2001–02 Jermaine O'Neal Forward/Center  United States Indiana Pacers (2)
2002–03 Gilbert Arenas Guard  United States Golden State Warriors
2003–04 Zach Randolph Forward  United States Portland Trail Blazers (2)
2004–05 Bobby Simmons Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2005–06 Boris Diaw Forward  France Phoenix Suns (2)
2006–07 Monta Ellis Guard  United States Golden State Warriors (2)
2007–08 Hedo Türkoğlu Forward  Turkey Orlando Magic (4)
2008–09 Danny Granger Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (3)
2009–10 Aaron Brooks Guard  United States Houston Rockets
2010–11 Kevin Love^ Forward/Center  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2011–12 Ryan Anderson Forward  United States Orlando Magic (5)
2012–13 Paul George^ Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (4)
2013–14 Goran Dragić^ Guard  Slovenia Phoenix Suns (3)
2014–15 Jimmy Butler^ Guard/Forward  United States Chicago Bulls
2015–16 CJ McCollum^ Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers (3)
2016–17 Giannis Antetokounmpo^ Forward  Greece Milwaukee Bucks
2017–18 Victor Oladipo^ Guard  United States Indiana Pacers (5)
2018–19 Pascal Siakam^ Forward  Cameroon Toronto Raptors
2019–20 Brandon Ingram^ Forward  United States New Orleans Pelicans
2020–21 Julius Randle^ Forward  United States New York Knicks

Teams

Awards Teams Years
5 Indiana Pacers 2000, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2018
Orlando Magic 1991, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012
3 Washington Bullets 1992, 1994, 1996
Phoenix Suns 1989, 2006, 2014
Portland Trail Blazers 1988, 2004, 2016
2 Miami Heat 1990, 1997
Golden State Warriors 2003, 2007
1 San Antonio Spurs 1986
Seattle SuperSonics 1987
Denver Nuggets 1993
Philadelphia 76ers 1995
Atlanta Hawks 1998
Los Angeles Clippers 2005
Houston Rockets 2010
Minnesota Timberwolves 2011
Chicago Bulls 2015
Milwaukee Bucks 2017
Toronto Raptors 2019
New Orleans Pelicans 2020
New York Knicks 2021
0 Utah Jazz None
Brooklyn Nets
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Detroit Pistons
Memphis Grizzlies

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Rony Seikaly was born in Lebanon and has dual citizenship in that country and the United States.[2][3] He represented the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[4]

References

General
  • "Most Improved Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
  • "Most Improved Player Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ "Golden State's Ellis Wins 2006–07 NBA Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 26, 2007. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  2. ^ "Rony Seikaly". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "Rony Seikaly" (in Spanish). Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  4. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
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