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Most Improved Player Award
Posted Apr 26 2007 2:12PM



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Ellis increased his scoring by 9.7 points this season.
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Closest Race Ever as Ellis Edges Sacramento?s Martin for Honor

NEW YORK, April 26, 2007 ? Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors was named the winner of the 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.

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). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third place vote received. This is the closest finish in the history of the award since 1990-91 when Scott Skiles of Orlando edged out Kevin Gamble of Boston by four votes

After averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists and .415 shooting for the Warriors in 2005-06, Ellis increased his scoring by 9.7 points (16.5 ppg) ? the largest increase in the NBA this season -- to go along with his averages of 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.71 steals. Starting 53 of the 77 games he appeared in, Ellis reached double figures in scoring 68 times, including 24 games of 20 or more points. The 6-3 guard recorded three or more steals 20 times and had at least five steals three times, including a career-high six at Seattle (March 17).

Selected by the Warriors in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (40th overall), Ellis was second only to Chris Paul (17.2 ppg) of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in scoring among players from that Draft class. Ellis also noticed a significant increase in his assist numbers as he dished five or more assists 33 times, including a career-high 13 at the Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 24).
Congrats Monta
Hopefully we don't lose him like we lost Gilbert...
 

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352-349=No brainer?



Scott Skiles and Kevin Gamble in the same sentence.. sweet. lol
 

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Martin got screwed.

I guess elevating your game/numbers to an All-Star abiity doesn't mean much.
 

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I like the Ellis choice. I think he is the most improved player, I think for Martin, he definitely showed signs last year and his progress was more about playing time than improvement. That's not a knock on him, more of a compliment.
 

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I believe it's the first time someone named "Monta" has won the award.
 

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