Ryan Anderson, former Cal Bears star and current Orlando Magic forward, is the winner of the 2011-12 NBA Most Improved Player Award, presented annually to the player who has made the most significant improvement from the previous season.
“I never thought I’d win an award like this. It’s a pretty cool honor and to hear the names that have won this award before and be a part of that list is pretty special,” Anderson said. “You come into the NBA and you plan on just playing, and then when you win an award like this it’s a pretty special thing.”
Anderson received 260 of a possible 605 points, including 33 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks (159 points, 21 first-place votes) and Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves (104 points, 10 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively.
Anderson established career highs in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg), field goal percentage (.43...