NBA.com is announcing that Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors has won the Most Improved Player Award.
Ellis received a total of 352 points, including 47 first-place votes, from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Sacramento Kings’ Kevin Martin finished second with 349 points (44 first-place votes) followed by the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams with 101 points (13 first-place votes).
It is very sad that Al Jefferson finished only 6th in the voting with a total of 62 votes and only 2 first place votes.
Compare the increases in their stats from the 2005-'06 season to the 2006-'07 season.
Ellis improved slightly more in points per game, but Al improved quite a bit more in rebounds per game. Martin and Williams didn't improve across the board as much as Al did. In my opinion this award, and many others, are a farce. They pick players on popularity or on the success of their team instead of on the merits of the player alone. Al deserved more than just 2 first place votes.