NBA Most Improved Player Award

The NBA's Most Improved Player Award (MIP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player who has shown the most progress during 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 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.


Tracy McGrady won the award in the 2000–01 NBA season.
Kevin Love 2
Kevin Love won the award in the 2010–11 NBA season.
Ryan Anderson won the award in the 2011–12 season.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Season Player Position Nationality Team
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)

See also


  1. ^ Rony Seikaly was born in Lebanon and has dual citizenship in that country and the United States.[2][3] He represented the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[4]


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  • "Most Improved Player Award Winners". Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  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. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
1996–97 Miami Heat season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the ninth season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Heat signed free agents Dan Majerle and P.J. Brown. The team also signed All-Star forward Juwan Howard to a 7-year $100 million contract, but was voided by the league claiming that Miami exceeded their salary cap. Howard then quickly re-signed with the Washington Bullets.Tim Hardaway had a career season with the Heat as he led the team in scoring with 20.3 points per game, and was selected along with Alonzo Mourning for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, although Mourning did not play due to a heel injury. Hardaway finished fourth in MVP voting behind Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Grant Hill. On the defensive side, Mourning and Brown provided leadership, while on the offensive side Jamal Mashburn, who was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks at midseason gave the team a spark. The club also had a group of role players led by newly acquired free agent Isaac Austin, who was honored with the NBA Most Improved Player Award. The Heat won their first Division title with a record of 61 wins and 21 losses, which stood as the franchise mark until the 2012–13 season. Head coach Pat Riley was named Coach of The Year for the third time.In the first round of the playoffs, the Heat won their first ever playoff series by defeating their in-state rivals, the Orlando Magic in five games. In the semifinals, they defeated the New York Knicks in a full seven game series after trailing 3–1. However, they would lose in five games to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The team's season roster is featured in NBA 2K18.

2017 NBA Awards

The 2017 NBA Awards were the first annual awards show by the National Basketball Association (NBA), held on June 26, 2017 at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, New York, and hosted by musician Drake.

2018 NBA Awards

The 2018 NBA Awards were the 2nd annual awards show by the National Basketball Association (NBA), held on June 25, 2018 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and hosted by Anthony Anderson. James Harden of the Houston Rockets was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.During the ceremony, it was revealed during EJ's Neat-O Stat of the Night that the cover athlete of NBA Live 19 will be Joel Embiid.

Aaron Brooks (basketball)

Aaron Jamal Brooks (born January 14, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 26th overall in the 2007 NBA draft. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2009–10 season.

Alan Henderson

Alan Lybrooks Henderson (born December 2, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player of the NBA. He stands 6'9" (2.06 m) tall. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Henderson attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana. They lost the state championship game his senior year to Glenn Robinson's Gary Roosevelt squad. In 1994, he was a part of the US men's basketball team for the Goodwill Games.

Bobby Simmons

Bobby Simmons (born June 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2005. Simmons also has a son Lekem McGee that was recongnized as one of the top players in Illinois in 2015.

Comeback Player of the Year Award

The Comeback Player of the Year Award can refer to:

CPBL Most Progressive Award – Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwan; Republic of China)

Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award – Major League Baseball

Players Choice Award (Players Choice Awards Comeback Player) – Major League Baseball

Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award – Major League Baseball

MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award – Major League Soccer

National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award

Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award (Japan)

John Cullen Award - International Hockey League

National Basketball Association Comeback Player of the Year Award, later renamed NBA Most Improved Player Award

Dale Ellis

Dale Ellis (born August 6, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Darrell Armstrong

Darrell Eugene Armstrong (born June 22, 1968) is a former American professional basketball player, who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is currently an assistant coach for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, who won the championship in the 2010–11 season.

David West (basketball)

David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Xavier Musketeers, earning national college player of the year honors from the Associated Press (AP) and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as a senior in 2003. West is a two-time NBA All-Star (2008 and 2009) and a two-time NBA champion (2017 and 2018).

Don MacLean (basketball)

Donald James MacLean (born January 16, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. As a college player, he is the all-time scoring leader of both the Pac-12 Conference and UCLA. In 1994, MacLean won the NBA Most Improved Player Award as a member of the Washington Bullets (known now as the Washington Wizards). He currently works as a basketball color analyst.

Isaac Austin

Isaac Edward "Ike" Austin (born August 18, 1969) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is also the uncle of Baylor University's Isaiah Austin.Austin was born in Gridley, California. A 6' 10" (2.08 m) center from Kings River Community College and Arizona State University, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (48th overall) of the 1991 NBA draft. He averaged two points and 1.1 rebounds during his rookie season with the Jazz, and after two more sub-par seasons, he signed to play with Tuborg İzmir, a Turkish basketball team. Ingerman averaged 22.3 points and 13.9 rebounds during the 1995–1996 season in Turkey, and he returned to the NBA the following season as a member of the Miami Heat.

With renewed confidence, Austin averaged 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Heat and received the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1997. Austin had his best season in 1997–1998, when he averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while playing for the Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers (to whom he was traded midseason for Brent Barry). After that season, he signed a lucrative contract with the Orlando Magic, but his play began to regress. Austin was traded to the Washington Wizards for Ben Wallace, Terry Davis, Tim Legler, and Jeff McInnis after one season with the Magic, and the Wizards later traded him to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Cherokee Parks, Obinna Ekezie, Dennis Scott, and Felipe Lopez. He ended his NBA career with the Grizzlies in 2002 (the team moved to Memphis in 2001).

From 2004 to 2005, Austin was owner and head coach of the Utah Snowbears, a team in the American Basketball Association. He led the Snowbears to a 27-1 record in the team's first season, but feuded with league officials during the playoffs and decided to forfeit the rest of the season (and later on, fold the team) in protest.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (born Chris Wayne Jackson on March 9, 1969) is a former American professional basketball player. Abdul-Rauf played basketball for Gulfport High School before enrolling at Louisiana State University to play college basketball for the Tigers.

His nine-year NBA career, spent with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies, was marked by an appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest as well as by one of the most accurate free-throw shooting records ever. Considered one of the greatest free-throw shooters in the history of the game, Abdul-Rauf missed the all time free-throw shooting NBA season record by only a single miss in the 1995–96 season. After his NBA career, he played in multiple leagues around the world.

Abdul-Rauf sparked controversy for refusing to stand for the national anthem, and calling the flag of the United States a symbol of oppression.

Miami Heat accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association.

Miami Heat all-time roster

The Miami Heat is an American professional basketball team based in Miami. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team joined the NBA in 1988 as an expansion team, and won the NBA championship in 2006, 2012 and 2013. The team played its home games at the Miami Arena until 2000, and have played its home games at the American Airlines Arena since then. The Heat is owned by Micky Arison. Its current staff consists of Pat Riley as team president and Erik Spoelstra as head coach.The Heat started building their roster by playing selecting players in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft and 1988 NBA draft. Since then, 217 players have appeared in at least one game for the franchise. Dwyane Wade is the most successful player in Heat history. His achievements include Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2006, All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in 2010, 11 consecutive All-Star Game selections and eight All-NBA Teams selections. Alonzo Mourning, the franchise's first ever All-Star, won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five All-Star Games and two All-NBA Teams. LeBron James, who played four years with the Heat, won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2012 and 2013, the Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2012 and 2013, and was selected to four consecutive All-Star Games and four consecutive All-NBA Teams. Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal are the only other Heat players who have been selected to both the All-Star Game and the All-NBA Team. Anthony Mason and Chris Bosh are the only other Heat players who have been selected to the All-Star Game. Two Heat players have won the NBA Most Improved Player Award: Rony Seikaly in 1990 and Isaac Austin in 1997. Ten Heat players were selected to the All-Rookie Team. Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton, who played two seasons for the Heat and was part of the Heat championship team in 2006, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.Udonis Haslem and Wade, who have played for the Heat since they entered the league in 2003, are the franchise's longest-serving players. Haslem has recorded more rebounds than any other Heat players. Wade has played more games, more minutes, scored more points, recorded more assists and more steals than any other Heat players. He also led the franchise in field goals made and free throws made. Mourning, who played 11 seasons with the Heat, is the franchise's second longest-serving player. He has blocked more shots than any other Heat players.

Hassan Whiteside is the starting center.

The Heat have four retired jersey numbers: the number 33 jersey worn by Alonzo Mourning, the number 10 jersey worn by Tim Hardaway, the number 1 jersey worn by Chris Bosh, and the number 23 jersey worn by Michael Jordan, who has never played for the Heat. The Heat retired Jordan's number 23 jersey in April 2003 to honor Jordan's achievements and contributions in basketball. The Heat is the only NBA team other than the Chicago Bulls to have retired the number 23 jersey in honor of Jordan. Mourning had his number 33 jersey retired in March 2009, a year after he retired. Hardaway, who played six seasons with the Heat, had his number 10 jersey retired in October 2009.

Rony Seikaly

Ronald Fred Seikaly (Arabic: رونالد ﺼيقلي‎, born May 10, 1965) is a Lebanese-born American retired professional basketball player. Seikaly was one of the first internationally-born players to make an impact on American basketball. Considered one of the top college players from the Syracuse basketball program, Seikaly's stellar offense and defense placed him among the school's all-time leaders in rebounds, points and blocks, while earning several nationally recognized awards and honors. His number 4 jersey was retired by Syracuse and raised to the rafters of at Carrier Dome.

Drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) by the Miami Heat with the 9th pick of the 1988 draft and the first ever pick for the Heat, Seikaly ranked among the team's top offensive and defensive contributors–winning NBA player of the week twice–and also amassing many of the team's records (of which some are still standing). Seikaly earned the 1990 NBA Most Improved Player Award and later played for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets and in Spain with FC Barcelona. He was also part of the United States national basketball team during the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning gold. After his retirement from basketball, Seikaly became a successful real estate developer. He also worked in electronic music as a producer/DJ and hosts a radio, show "Sugar Free Radio", on Sirius/XM.

Scott Skiles

Scott Allen Skiles Sr. (born March 5, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He also coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. A first-round draft pick out of Michigan State University, Skiles played ten seasons as a point guard in the NBA. He holds the NBA record for assists in one game with 30, set in his fifth season in the league and second with Orlando, in which he also earned the 1990–91 NBA Most Improved Player Award.

Tracy McGrady

Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979), nicknamed T-Mac, is an American former professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward. McGrady was a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA scoring champion, and one-time winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.

McGrady entered the NBA straight out of high school and was selected as the ninth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA draft. Beginning his career as a low-minute player, he gradually improved his role with the team, eventually forming an exciting duo with his cousin Vince Carter. In 2000, he left the Raptors for the Orlando Magic, where he became one of the league's most prolific scorers and a candidate for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. In 2004, he was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he paired with center Yao Ming to help the Rockets become a perennial playoff team. His final seasons in the NBA were plagued by injuries, and he retired in 2013 following a brief stint with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the San Antonio Spurs.

Since retiring, McGrady has worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN. From April–July 2014, he realized his dream of playing professional baseball, pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Victor Oladipo

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers, where he was named the Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year, the Co-NABC Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting News. That year he was also named the winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy, given annually to the top player in men's NCAA Division I basketball. Oladipo was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic and went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie first team. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016, and then traded to the Pacers in 2017. He became a first-time NBA All-Star, led the league in steals, was named to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Third Team, and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in his first season with Indiana. Despite an injury-riddled 2018–19 season, including a season-ending injury in January 2019, Oladipo was named an Eastern Conference reserve for the second straight year.

National Basketball Association awards and honors
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