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Ryan Anderson wins the NBA Most Improved Player Award!

2012 May 4
by Brian Serra

NEW YORK – Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic is the winner of the 2011-12 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a significant improvement from the previous season.

Anderson received 260 of a possible 605 points, including 33 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks (159 points, 21 first-place votes) and Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves (104 points, 10 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third place vote received.

“It’s very surreal for me to be sitting where I am today. This year has been a culmination of a lot of different things.” -Ryan Anderson upon accepting the award

Anderson established career highs in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg), field goal percentage (.439) and free throw percentage. He also paced the league and established personal bests in three-pointers made (166) and attempted (422).  He increased his scoring from the previous season by 5.5 ppg and his rebounds by 2.2 rpg. Orlando averaged 107.5 points per 100 possessions with Anderson on the court, compared to 94.1 points with the 6-10 forward on the bench.

As part of its support of the Most Improved Player Award, Kia Motors America will donate a new Kia Sorento CUV on behalf of Anderson to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2011-12 year-end award winners as part of the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.”  Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 21 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’sprestigious year-end honors began with the 2007-2008 season.

Attached (CLICK READ MORE) are the 2011-12 voting results for the Kia NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award winners. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

 

2011-12 KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD                                                                         

                                                      1st Place (5 Pts)               2nd Place (3 Pts)             3rd Place (1 pts)     Total

Ryan Anderson                                33                             27                           14                     260

Ersan Ilyasova                                   21                             15                           9                      159

Nikola Pekovic                                  10                             15                           9                      104

Greg Monroe                                     10                             9                             19                     96

Andrew Bynum                                 13                             8                             7                      96

Jeremy Lin                                        10                             8                             17                     91

Goran Dragic                                     4                              8                             10                     54

Avery Bradley                                   4                              4                             4                      36

Danny Green                                     3                              3                             3                      27

Jeff Teague                                       1                              5                             7                      27

Serge Ibaka                                       2                              2                             0                      16

Ty Lawson                                        1                              3                             2                      16

Paul George                                      2                              1                             0                      13

Steve Novak                                      1                              2                             1                      12

DeMarcus Cousins                              0                              2                             5                      11

Kevin Love                                       1                              0                             3                      8

Roy Hibbert                                      0                              1                             4                      7

James Harden                                    0                              2                             1                      7

Gerald Henderson                              1                              0                             1                      6

Marcin Gortat                                    1                              0                             1                      6

Kyle Lowry                                       1                              0                             0                      5

Andrew Bogut                                   1                              0                             0                      5

Marc Gasol                                        1                              0                             0                      5

Gordon Hayward                               0                              1                             1                      4

Arron Afflalo                                    0                              1                             0                      3

C.J. Watson                                       0                              1                             0                      3

Brandan Wright                                 0                              1                             0                      3

Tony Parker                                      0                              1                             0                      3

Jarrett Jack                                        0                              0                             1                      1

Marreese Speights                              0                              0                             1                      1

KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD

1985-86                        Alvin Robertson, San Antonio

1986-87                        Dale Ellis, Seattle

1987-88                        Kevin Duckworth, Portland

1988-89                        Kevin Johnson, Phoenix

1989-90                        Rony Seikaly, Miami

1990-91                      Scott Skiles, Orlando

1991-92                        Pervis Ellison, Washington

1992-93                        Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver

1993-94                        Don MacLean, Washington

1994-95                        Dana Barros, Philadelphia

1995-96                        Gheorghe Muresan, Washington

1996-97                        Isaac Austin, Miami

1997-98                        Alan Henderson, Atlanta

1998-99                      Darrell Armstrong, Orlando

1999-00                        Jalen Rose, Indiana

2000-01                      Tracy McGrady, Orlando

2001-02                        Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana

2002-03                        Gilbert Arenas, Golden State

2003-04                        Zach Randolph, Portland

2004-05                        *Bobby Simmons, L.A. Clippers

2005-06                        Boris Diaw, Phoenix

2006-07                        Monta Ellis, Golden State

2007-08                      Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando

2008-09                        Danny Granger, Indiana

2009-10                        *Aaron Brooks, Houston

2010-11                        Kevin Love, Minnesota

2011-12                      Ryan Anderson, Orlando

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