Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 11:11 am  |  31 responses

Ryan Anderson Wins NBA’s Most Improved Player Award

Reports out of Orlando say Ryan Anderson—once a throw-in as part of the Vince Carter-to-Orlando trade—has been named the NBA’s 2011-12 Most Improved Player. Matt Moore of CBS Sports has the details: “The Orlando Magic have announced a 1:30 p.m. press conference without a subject for Friday afternoon. This time of year that either means a coach firing, a coach hiring, or an award. In this case, Brian Schmidt of the Orlando Sentinel confirms that Ryan Anderson has won the Most Improved Player Award for 2012. Anderson was widely considered the frontrunner for most of the season and that’s basically how he took it, as his season averages evened out by the end of the year. His points per 36 minutes only increased by .9, his rebounds per 36 by only .4 and his field goal percentage by only .9 percentage points. That’s right, a guy known for his improved shooting didn’t even shoot one whole percentge point better. It gets worse when we look at his percentage of team wide production. Anderson’s rebound percentage actually dropped year over year, as did his TrueShooting Percentage. So the stats, they are not kind to Anderson’s “improvement.” That said, Anderson arguably made more of an impact than any other candidate. He was the stabilizing force on a topsy-turvy year for the Magic, and became the primary scoring option for long stretches with Dwight Howard either out or in a funk. He earned more minutes and more shots, so that has to be taken into account. Jeremy Lin barely qualified for the award considering games played, Nikola Pekovic was likely worthy but simply didn’t get noticed until late in the year and played for a woeful team once Rubio was out (fair or not), and Ersan Ilyasova, well, there’s not really a good argument against Ilyasova considering they were in playoff contention until the very end of the year and Ilyasova became a legitimate weapon. Still, Anderson took on a larger role, produced for a playoff team, and has won MIP. Congrats to Anderson.”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Congrats but yea, those stats don’t really stand out as “improved.”

  • jpm34

    Heads Ilysova, tails Anderson. Tails never fails I guess.


    Y U NOOO PICK JEREMY LIN????????????????

  • FnF

    Otherwise read as… “Well we had to choose somebody and that somebody was Ryan Anderson… now leave us alone.”

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I’m surprised Lin didn’t win it, but Anderson had a great year. Both guys are deserving.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    A Charlotte Bobcat has to win this award next year! THEY CANT GET ANY WORSE! Right???


    Well deserved.

  • bike

    Lin will win the Most Improved Asian Player award.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Anderson produced at the same level while becoming a main option for his team. Most players, whose roles change, become less productive and efficient once defenses start to focus on them. If anything Anderson had the largest growth in responsibility if he didn’t literally improve the most.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    surpised lin didn’t get it, far from dissapointet that he didn’t

  • Well DAMN

    Andrew Bynum*

  • Rasheedionics

    Lin wasn’t playing in the league last year. Thats like saying why not any rookie is most improved player of the year.

  • Danny_W_UK

    Boogie Cousins doesn’t even get a mention? wow

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    @Rasheedionics I’m pretty sure Lin was in the league last year buddy!

  • misso

    congrats on ryno winning the MIP award, let the haters keep hating. GO MAGIC!!!

  • Heals

    Disappointed he won based on just stats, I’d like to think we’re beyond that (Ty DPOY). Lin didn’t deserve it either. I’m down with Ersan, props to GGreen, AvyBradley, DannyGreen, IMahimi (sp?), BrandonWright…

  • Mike from Spain

    Look at Pekovich’s: in 2010-2011 he fouled out per 36 minutes, had plenty of TOs, scored 5.5 ppg at 51%. This year he has scored 13.9 ppg, at 57%, raising his numbers in all statistical cathegories. His WS/48 went from 0,035 to 0,170…

  • Mike from Spain
  • dma

    dude averages 7.7 rebounds a game. 3.7 of those were OBOARDS! that’s #5 in the league, all doing this while being a perimeter oriented big-man playing next to dwight howard. (1-4 is Cousins, Love, Noah and Humphries).

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I like the Lin fan who’s complaining, even though they probably never watched a minute of any other team playing.

  • i_ball

    Andrew Bogut got a first place vote… dafaq?

  • RunNGun


  • bails1

    Dude was shooting out of his mind this year. He also rebounds better than people give him credit for.

  • bails1

    NJ gave him up for courtney lee. Man they could use him over Mr. Kardashian

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    bails1: granted, the Nets sure could’ve used him, but Humphries is definitely not a downgrade. There aren’t many double-double guys in the league, but Hump is one of them. He had a great, great season. You might not like him, but if you like basketball, then you should also respect the effort and hustle Humphries brings to the table.

  • Mike from Spain

    Peeeekkkkkk! He will crush the competition next year

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    Omri Casspi was robbed

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself


    yeah, of his ability to play basketball

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

    Peck ‘o Vitchez should have won it, imo. @ 1982 why do you assume the Lin fan doesn’t watch basketball?

  • Yesse

    They must have been high, giving it to Anderson. I could name 5 guys, that improved more than him. I personally think Greg Monroe should have had it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’m cool with Anderson getting it. If Lin wouldn’t have been hurt, he would have won it though.