by Ben Osborne

Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Danny Granger was announced as the NBA’s Most Improved Player award today, narrowly beating out the Nets’ Devin Harris.

A Fantasy beast who many statheads fell in love with in the ’07-08 season, Granger reached a new level of notoriety this season after becoming the first player in NBA history to raise his scoring average by more than five points for three straight seasons.

As the Indy Star put it, with an All-Star berth and this MIP honor accomplished, Granger’s new goal is to lead the Pacers to the Playoffs:

“We had so many opportunities to win so many games, and we came up a little bit short,” Granger said this morning. “Next year, with myself and the other leaders on the team, we have to find ways to win those games. That’s what I’d like to improve on the most.”

Now we’ve just got to run another feature on him in SLAM.