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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Rondo gets votes for most improved

By Chris Forsberg

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesTwo voters regarded Rajon Rondo as the most improved player in the NBA this year.
While not as notable as his fifth-place finish in the Defensive Player of the Year Award balloting earlier this week, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo picked up a pair of first-place votes to finish 12th in returns for the Most Improved Player Award.

Rondo registered 12 points off two first-place and two third-place votes, tying Washington Andray Blatche for 12th place. Houston's Aaron Brooks won the award with 403 total points, easily outdistancing Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Memphis' Marc Gasol, and San Antonio's George Hill, who all registered 101 points.

Here's a quick glance at Rondo's improvement this season over his career numbers. It's easy to see how he made the leap to All-Star this year:

Points per game - 9.6 career, 13.7 in 2009-10 (+4.1)
Assists per game - 5.7 career, 9.8 in 2009-10 (+4.1)
Steals per game - 1.73 career, 2.33 in 2009-10 (+0.6)
FG - 48 percent career, 50.8 percent in 2009-10 (+2.8)
Assist/turnover ratio - 2.74 career, 3.22 in 2009-10 (+0.48)
Double-doubles - 23 career, 40 in 2009-10

Follow the jump for the list of the yearly winners since the award's inception in 1985 and this year's complete balloting.

1985-86 Alvin Robertson, San Antonio
1986-87 Dale Ellis, Seattle
1987-88 Kevin Duckworth, Portland
1988-89 Kevin Johnson, Phoenix
1989-90 Rony Seikaly, Miami
1990-91 Scott Skiles, Orlando
1991-92 Pervis Ellison, Washington
1992-93 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver
1993-94 Don MacLean, Washington
1994-95 Dana Barros, Philadelphia
1995-96 Gheorghe Muresan, Washington
1996-97 Isaac Austin, Miami
1997-98 Alan Henderson, Atlanta
1998-99 Darrell Armstrong, Orlando
1999-00 Jalen Rose, Indiana
2000-01 Tracy McGrady, Orlando
2001-02 Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana
2002-03 Gilbert Arenas, Golden State
2003-04 Zach Randolph, Portland
2004-05 *Bobby Simmons, L.A. Clippers
2005-06 Boris Diaw, Phoenix
2006-07 Monta Ellis, Golden State
2007-08 Hedo Turkoglu, Orland

2009-10 Most Improved Player Award
(listed with player, team, 1st place votes, 2nd place votes, 3rd place votes, and total points):

Aaron Brooks Houston 62 27 12 403
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City 17 5 1 101
Marc Gasol Memphis 9 13 17 101
George Hill San Antonio 7 17 15 101
Andrew Bogut Milwaukee 7 17 7 93
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City 5 11 9 67
Joakim Noah Chicago 7 8 5 64
Gerald Wallace Charlotte 3 4 2 29
Corey Brewer Minnesota - 3 10 19
Brook Lopez New Jersey 1 3 5 19
Carl Landry Sacramento - 4 6 18
Andray Blatche Washington 1 2 1 12
Rajon Rondo Boston 2 - 2 12
Channing Frye Phoenix 1 - 5 10
Danilo Gallinari New York - 1 7 10
Josh Smith Atlanta - 2 2 8
David Lee New York - - 7 7
Dwight Howard Orlando 1 - - 5
Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee - 1 1 4
Chris Kaman LA Clippers - 1 1 4
J.J. Redick Orlando - 1 1 4
Chris Douglas-Roberts New Jersey - 1 -
3
Paul Millsap Utah - 1 - 3
Nene Denver - 1 - 3
Robin Lopez Phoenix - - 2 2
Monta Ellis Golden State - - 1 1
J.J. Hickson Cleveland - - 1 1
Zach Randolph Memphis - - 1 1
John Salmons Milwaukee - - 1 1
Ben Wallace Detroit - - 1 1