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.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 23 different players. The most recent award winner was Turkish player Hedo Turkoglu. As of 2008, none of the award winners have ever gone on to win the NBA Championships. Turkoglu, Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureşan and Boris Diaw are the only award winners not born in the United States.
- a Rony Seikaly was born in Lebanon with dual citizenship in that country and the United States. He represented the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.
- ↑ "Golden State’s Ellis Wins 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 2007-04-26. http://www.nba.com/news/ellis_mostimproved_070426.html. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- ↑ "Hedo Turkoglu Wins Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 2008-04-28. http://www.nba.com/news/hedo_mip_080428.html. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- ↑ "Rony Seikaly". basketball-reference.com. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/seikaro01.html. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- ↑ "Rony Seikaly" (in Spanish). Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. http://www.acb.com/jugador.php?id=A5Z. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- ↑ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=men_alpha_S. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- "Most Improved Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/awards_mostimproved.html. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
- "Most Improved Player Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/mip.html. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
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