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.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. No player has ever won the award twice. The most recent winner was Jimmy Butler. Boris Diaw is the first and only award winner to date to win an NBA Championship as a player. Hedo Türkoğlu, Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, 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.
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