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A basketball player, wearing a white jersey 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 (right) won the award in the 2000–01 NBA season.
A basketball player, wearing a blue jersey inscribed with the word "ORLANDO" and the number 15 on the front, holds the ball at his waist as he prepares to shoot a free throw.
Hedo Türkoğlu won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.

The National Basketball Association's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1985–86 NBA season, 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 24 different players. The most recent award winner was Danny Granger. As of 2008, none of the award winners have ever gone on to win the NBA Championships. Hedo Türkoğlu, Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureşan and Boris Diaw are the only award winners not born in the United States.


* Denotes active players
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[a] 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/Forward  United States Denver Nuggets
1993–94 MacLean, DonDon MacLean Forward  United States Washington Bullets
1994–95 Barros, DanaDana Barros Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1995–96 Mureşan, GheorgheGheorghe Mureşan Center  Romania Washington Bullets
1996–97 Austin, IsaacIsaac Austin Center  United States Miami Heat
1997–98 Henderson, AlanAlan Henderson Forward  United States Atlanta Hawks
1998–99 Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1999–00 Rose, JalenJalen Rose Guard/Forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2000–01 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady* Guard/Forward  United States Orlando Magic
2001–02 O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal* Forward/Center  United States Indiana Pacers
2002–03 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas* Guard  United States Golden State Warriors
2003–04 Randolph, ZachZach Randolph* Forward  United States Portland Trail Blazers
2004–05 Simmons, BobbyBobby Simmons* Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2005–06 Diaw, BorisBoris Diaw* Forward  France Phoenix Suns
2006–07 Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis* Guard  United States Golden State Warriors
2007–08 Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu* Forward  Turkey Orlando Magic
2008–09 Granger, DannyDanny Granger* Forward/Guard  United States Indiana Pacers



  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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