NBA Most Improved Player Award
The NBA's Most Improved Player Award (MIP) 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.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 different players. No player has ever won the award twice. The most recent recipient is Victor Oladipo. Boris Diaw and Kevin Love are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship. Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, and Giannis Antetokounmpo 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, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph and Goran Dragic were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragić, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Tracy McGrady is the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|1985–86||Alvin Robertson||Guard||United States||San Antonio Spurs|
|1986–87||Dale Ellis||Guard/Forward||United States||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1987–88||Kevin Duckworth||Center||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1988–89||Kevin Johnson||Guard||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|1989–90||Rony Seikaly[a]||Center||United States||Miami Heat|
|1990–91||Scott Skiles||Guard||United States||Orlando Magic|
|1991–92||Pervis Ellison||Center/Forward||United States||Washington Bullets|
|1992–93||Chris Jackson||Guard||United States||Denver Nuggets|
|1993–94||Don MacLean||Forward||United States||Washington Bullets (2)|
|1994–95||Dana Barros||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1995–96||Gheorghe Mureșan||Center||Romania||Washington Bullets (3)|
|1996–97||Isaac Austin||Center||United States||Miami Heat (2)|
|1997–98||Alan Henderson||Forward||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|1998–99||Darrell Armstrong||Guard||United States||Orlando Magic (2)|
|1999–00||Jalen Rose||Guard/Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers|
|2000–01||Tracy McGrady*||Guard/Forward||United States||Orlando Magic (3)|
|2001–02||Jermaine O'Neal||Forward/Center||United States||Indiana Pacers (2)|
|2002–03||Gilbert Arenas||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors|
|2003–04||Zach Randolph^||Forward||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (2)|
|2004–05||Bobby Simmons||Guard/Forward||United States||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005–06||Boris Diaw||Forward||France||Phoenix Suns (2)|
|2006–07||Monta Ellis||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors (2)|
|2007–08||Hedo Türkoğlu||Forward||Turkey||Orlando Magic (4)|
|2008–09||Danny Granger||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers (3)|
|2009–10||Aaron Brooks^||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets|
|2010–11||Kevin Love^||Forward/Center||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2011–12||Ryan Anderson^||Forward||United States||Orlando Magic (5)|
|2012–13||Paul George^||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers (4)|
|2013–14||Goran Dragić^||Guard||Slovenia||Phoenix Suns (3)|
|2014–15||Jimmy Butler^||Guard/Forward||United States||Chicago Bulls|
|2015–16||C. J. McCollum^||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (3)|
|2016–17||Giannis Antetokounmpo^||Forward||Greece||Milwaukee Bucks|
|2017–18||Victor Oladipo^||Guard||United States||Indiana Pacers (5)|
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- "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2008.