NBA Most Improved Player Award

National Basketball Association awards and honors
Individual awards

The NBA's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the most improved player of 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 31 different players. No player has ever won the award twice. The most recent winner was C.J. McCollum. Boris Diaw and Kevin Love are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship. Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, and Goran Dragić are the only award winners not born in the United States; all but Seikaly were also trained completely outside the U.S. (Seikaly played college basketball at Syracuse).

Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, and Jimmy Butler have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas and Zach Randolph were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, and Dragić won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Orlando Magic have seen five players win the award while playing for the team, the most of any NBA franchise.


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.
A basketball player, wearing a blue jersey with the word "ORLANDO" and the number 33 on the front, with the basketball and being guarded by a player who has his right arm extended.
Ryan Anderson won the award in the 2011–12 season.
* Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1985–86 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs
1986–87 Ellis, DaleDale Ellis Guard/Forward  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1987–88 Duckworth, KevinKevin Duckworth Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1988–89 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Guard  United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly[lower-alpha 1] Center  United States Miami Heat
1990–91 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1991–92 Ellison, PervisPervis Ellison Center/Forward  United States Washington Bullets
1992–93 Jackson, ChrisChris Jackson Guard  United States Denver Nuggets
1993–94 MacLean, DonDon MacLean Forward  United States Washington Bullets (2)
1994–95 Barros, DanaDana Barros Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1995–96 Mureșan, GheorgheGheorghe Mureșan Center  Romania Washington Bullets (3)
1996–97 Austin, IsaacIsaac Austin Center  United States Miami Heat (2)
1997–98 Henderson, AlanAlan Henderson Forward  United States Atlanta Hawks
1998–99 Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic (2)
1999–00 Rose, JalenJalen Rose Guard/Forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2000–01 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady Guard/Forward  United States Orlando Magic (3)
2001–02 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal Forward/Center  United States Indiana Pacers (2)
2002–03 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas Guard  United States Golden State Warriors
2003–04 Randolph, ZachZach Randolph* Forward  United States Portland Trail Blazers (2)
2004–05 Simmons, BobbyBobby Simmons Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2005–06 Diaw, BorisBoris Diaw* Forward  France Phoenix Suns (2)
2006–07 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis* Guard  United States Golden State Warriors (2)
2007–08 Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu Forward  Turkey Orlando Magic (4)
2008–09 Granger, DannyDanny Granger Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (3)
2009–10 Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks* Guard  United States Houston Rockets
2010–11 Love, KevinKevin Love* Forward/Center  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2011–12 Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson* Forward  United States Orlando Magic (5)
2012–13 George, PaulPaul George* Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (4)
2013–14 Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić* Guard  Slovenia Phoenix Suns (3)
2014–15 Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler* Guard/Forward  United States Chicago Bulls
2015–16 McCollum, C. J.C. J. McCollum* Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers (3)

See also


  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]


  1. "Golden State's Ellis Wins 2006–07 NBA Most Improved Player Award". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 26, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  2. "Rony Seikaly". Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  3. "Rony Seikaly" (in Spanish). Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  4. "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. Retrieved November 18, 2008.

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