|National Basketball Association awards and honors|
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 winner was Giannis Antetokounmpo. 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, and Giannis Antetokounmpo have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas and Zach Randolph were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragić, and Antetokounmpo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Orlando Magic have seen five players win the award while playing for the team, the most of any NBA franchise. 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||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||United States||Denver Nuggets|
|1993–94||MacLean, DonDon MacLean||Forward||United States||Washington Bullets (2)|
|1994–95||Barros, DanaDana Barros||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1995–96||Mureșan, GheorgheGheorghe Mureșan||Center||Romania||Washington Bullets (3)|
|1996–97||Austin, IsaacIsaac Austin||Center||United States||Miami Heat (2)|
|1997–98||Henderson, AlanAlan Henderson||Forward||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|1998–99||Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong||Guard||United States||Orlando Magic (2)|
|1999–00||Rose, JalenJalen Rose||Guard/Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers|
|2000–01||McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady*||Guard/Forward||United States||Orlando Magic (3)|
|2001–02||O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal||Forward/Center||United States||Indiana Pacers (2)|
|2002–03||Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors|
|2003–04||Randolph, ZachZach Randolph^||Forward||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (2)|
|2004–05||Simmons, BobbyBobby Simmons||Guard/Forward||United States||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005–06||Diaw, BorisBoris Diaw^||Forward||France||Phoenix Suns (2)|
|2006–07||Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis^||Guard||United States||Golden State Warriors (2)|
|2007–08||Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu||Forward||Turkey||Orlando Magic (4)|
|2008–09||Granger, DannyDanny Granger||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers (3)|
|2009–10||Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks^||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets|
|2010–11||Love, KevinKevin Love^||Forward/Center||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2011–12||Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson^||Forward||United States||Orlando Magic (5)|
|2012–13||George, PaulPaul George^||Forward||United States||Indiana Pacers (4)|
|2013–14||Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić^||Guard||Slovenia||Phoenix Suns (3)|
|2014–15||Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler^||Guard/Forward||United States||Chicago Bulls|
|2015–16||McCollum, C. J.C. J. McCollum^||Guard||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (3)|
|2016–17||Antetokounmpo, GiannisGiannis Antetokounmpo^||Forward||Greece||Milwaukee Bucks|
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