Ryan Anderson won the Most Improved Player award for this season.
Anderson was the supposed throw-in by New Jersey when Orlando acquired Vince Carter. But Anderson emerged in the past couple of years as he showed his scoring ability that made him good in Cal. He increased his scoring from 10.6 last season to 16.1 points this season. His rebounding went from 5.5 to 7.7 and his offensive rebounding went from 2.0 to 3.7.
Much has been said that his increased role was the reason why he won the MIP award. He played 32 minutes this season, 10 more from last year, so, of course, he'd do better. Some people have also made the argument that he improved was the reason why he got the PT increase in the first place.
In any case, I thought Nikola Pekovic, Greg Monroe, and Ersan Ilyasova had shots at the award. Pekovic also had increased playing time but he suddenly looked unstoppable at times compared to his rookie year. Monroe has a much improved inside game that saw his scoring increase by six points despite not adding too much playing time from the previous year and Ilyasova is a much-improved 3-pt shooter and rebounder. And, of course, we can't ever forget the emergence of one Jeremy Lin but injuries at the end of the year probably hurt his cause.
Anyways, congrats to Ryan Anderson for the award.
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