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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 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.


* Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1985–86 Robertson, AlvinAlvin Robertson Guard 23x15px United States San Antonio Spurs
1986–87 Ellis, DaleDale Ellis Guard/Forward 23x15px United States Seattle SuperSonics
1987–88 Duckworth, KevinKevin Duckworth Center 23x15px United States Portland Trail Blazers
1988–89 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Guard 23x15px United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly[a] Center 23x15px United States Miami Heat
1990–91 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Guard 23x15px United States Orlando Magic
1991–92 Ellison, PervisPervis Ellison Center/Forward 23x15px United States Washington Bullets
1992–93 Jackson, ChrisChris Jackson Guard 23x15px United States Denver Nuggets
1993–94 MacLean, DonDon MacLean Forward 23x15px United States Washington Bullets
1994–95 Barros, DanaDana Barros Guard 23x15px United States Philadelphia 76ers
1995–96 Mureșan, GheorgheGheorghe Mureșan Center 23x15px Romania Washington Bullets
1996–97 Austin, IsaacIsaac Austin Center 23x15px United States Miami Heat
1997–98 Henderson, AlanAlan Henderson Forward 23x15px United States Atlanta Hawks
1998–99 Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong Guard 23x15px United States Orlando Magic
1999–00 Rose, JalenJalen Rose Guard/Forward 23x15px United States Indiana Pacers
2000–01 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady Guard/Forward 23x15px United States Orlando Magic
2001–02 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal Forward/Center 23x15px United States Indiana Pacers
2002–03 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas Guard 23x15px United States Golden State Warriors
2003–04 Randolph, ZachZach Randolph* Forward 23x15px United States Portland Trail Blazers
2004–05 Simmons, BobbyBobby Simmons Guard/Forward 23x15px United States Los Angeles Clippers
2005–06 Diaw, BorisBoris Diaw* Forward 23x15px France Phoenix Suns
2006–07 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis* Guard 23x15px United States Golden State Warriors
2007–08 Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu* Forward 23x15px Turkey Orlando Magic
2008–09 Granger, DannyDanny Granger* Forward 23x15px United States Indiana Pacers
2009–10 Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks* Guard 23x15px United States Houston Rockets
2010–11 Love, KevinKevin Love* Forward 23x15px United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2011–12 Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson* Forward 23x15px United States Orlando Magic
2012–13 George, PaulPaul George* Forward 23x15px United States Indiana Pacers
2013–14 Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić* Guard 23x15px Slovenia Phoenix Suns
2014–15 Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler* Guard 23x15px United States Chicago Bulls


  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]

See also


  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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