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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 2:28 pm  |  27 responses

Aaron Brooks Named Most Improved Player

It’s true, Brooks saw his minutes rise by almost 10 per game this season, but he embraced his larger role as well. Said Brooks,”I improved in a leadership role as far as being a leader of this team now. We’re growing and it feels good. Being one of the leaders of the team, having guys younger than you seeing I’ve been here the fifth longest on the team, you know exactly what coach wants. You know what coach is thinking. It’s your job to reiterate that on the floor. It’s your job to call the plays you want coach to run. I think I got better at doing that, knowing what coach wants and being able to execute it.”

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Well-deserved. I wonder where my boy Noah went.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Congrats!

  • 23-Jordan-45

    Perfect! Aaron Brooks was amazing this year, if they had had Yao healthy they would of made the playoffs

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    DuranFAIL

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Honestly, I hate this award. No idea what the qualifications are. Look at the results. Shit is all over the place.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne
  • max

    i love how some guy gave howard a first place vote…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    LOL@Dwight Howard.

  • C2

    Major props to whoever voted for Ben Wallace lmao

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    i love this award. it’s a great way of recognizing players who may not be at MVP level (yet) but are still working their asses off.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Looking at the results, its interesting how most teams have a player receiving a vote. Why? Because its the media who vote, so, Memphis’s guy votes for Z-Bo, Detroits guy votes for Wallace, Nets guys votes for CDR and so on and so on. What a joke. Howard got a first place vote. WTF. Tim Povak?

  • JOE!

    Bogut got robbed!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    YES! Congrats, Aaron. He definitely deserved it.

  • serevei

    Major bogut snub once again…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Bogut or Noah deserved this. And Ben Wallace? Whahuh?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Bogut or Noah deserved this. And Ben Wallace? Whahuh?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Ersan Ilyasova’s four points shows exactly why this award’s gone to hell. Is it possible to vote for a player who played the 2006-07 season, went to Europe and returned to the NBA? It’s hard to vote for a near-rookie who hadn’t even played in the NBA two seasons before that for an award that is reserved for the most IMPROVED player.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Huh. I don’t think Aaron Brooks really deserved it. Look at his normalized stats. They’re nearly identical – he scores maybe 3 more points on taking another shot or two, has another assist and a half per 36 minutes. The extra shots came since they spent the bulk of the year star-less, so someone had to shoot the ball, and why not their dynamic little guy who can create for himself? Nor did his improvement help the team that much qualitatively – it’s not like they’re in the playoffs. Bogut deserved this.

  • RV

    Joel,a team that was picked by many to not even get close to the playoffs and possibly compete for the #1 pick, yet they managed to almost sneak in and he didnt help them qualitatively? Any one who’s watched the Rockets enough knows Brooks was the go to guy late. That’s where he improved the most. Last year he had issues late in games, especially in closing seconds, but this year he hit big shots all year. And Bogut deserve it?why? Because he helped his team into the Easter Playoffs? The same conference where Houston would have secured a spot had they been in it? West>East, have to take that into consideration. Plus Brooks went from a barely being a solid starter to almost all-star level, while bogut kinda stuck around in the same class of NBA centers, which isn’t bad, but not a big improvement in status.

  • http://theytroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Joel: Brooks improved the most this year, point blank period. He became the leader of his team and secured a winning record when many wrote the Rockets off completely. He nearly cracked the All-Star team. And he raised his statistical output by an insane amount: 11 and 3, to 20 and 6? That’s the biggest improvement out of anyone this season.

  • Rikson

    Anybody who wrote the rockets completly off this year is an idiot! Plus Brooks has probably the better players surrounding him (especially since redd was out almost all year and Houston got martin later on), so I’ll go with bogut… But how should a player from Milwaukee win an media-judged award?! No way josè.

  • Rikson

    Where is my post???

  • Ronald

    Whichever media member votes in a retarded manner needs to have their voting rights revoked for a few years.

  • Rikson

    Whoever wrote the Rockets completely off is an idiot! Plus, since Redd was out almost all year and the late addition of Martin, Brooks is surrounded by better players, so I´ll go with Bogut…

  • Sparty’s Law

    Someone voted for Dwight Howard? Does Stan van Gundy get a vote? Jeff?

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    The problem is that Brooks was almost this good at the end of last season and during last years playoffs. The improvement didnt come during the offseason nor during the course of this season. This award is problematic.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I would have thought Channing Frye would have been further up the chart – here was a guy that went from not being a threat from the three point line his whole career, HE WORKED ON HIS SHOT IN THE OFFSEASON to being an absolute beast – and wetting thatthree ball! This wasn’t in any crooked Rasheed Wallace/Derrick Coleman style either – he was helping win some serious games with that constant threat….

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