NBA Most Improved Player Award
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NBA Most Improved Player Award
National Basketball Association Most Improved Player Award (MIP)
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Given forPlayer with greatest improvement in playing ability in regular season of the National Basketball Association
First award1985-86
Most recentBrandon Ingram
New Orleans Pelicans

The NBA's Most Improved Player Award (MIP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Brazil, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points, and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.[1]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 players. No player has ever won the award twice. The most recent recipient is Brandon Ingram. Boris Diaw, Kevin Love, and Pascal Siakam are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship, and Siakam is the only winner to win a championship in the same season as the award. Rony Seikaly,[a]Gheorghe Mure?an, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türko?lu, Goran Dragi?, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Pascal Siakam are the only award winners born outside the United States.

Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, and Brandon Ingram have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph, Goran Dragic, and Pascal Siakam were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragi?, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. Pascal Siakam made the All-NBA Second Team the year after he won the award. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first recipient of the award to later become an NBA MVP. Tracy McGrady is the only recipient to win a scoring title as well as being the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


A basketball player, wearing a white jersey inscribed with the word "ROCKETS" across the front, holds a basketball away from another basketball player guarding him. A referee stands in the background.
Tracy McGrady won the award in the 2000-01 NBA season.
A basketball player, wearing a black jersey inscribed with the word "WOLVES" and the number 42 on the front.
Kevin Love won the award in the 2010-11 NBA season.
A basketball player, wearing a white jersey with the word "BUCKS" and the number 34 on the front.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1985-86 Alvin Robertson Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs
1986-87 Dale Ellis Guard/Forward  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1987-88 Kevin Duckworth Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1988-89 Kevin Johnson Guard  United States Phoenix Suns
1989-90 Rony Seikaly[a] Center  United States Miami Heat
1990-91 Scott Skiles Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1991-92 Pervis Ellison Center/Forward  United States Washington Bullets
1992-93 Chris Jackson Guard  United States Denver Nuggets
1993-94 Don MacLean Forward  United States Washington Bullets (2)
1994-95 Dana Barros Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1995-96 Gheorghe Mure?an Center  Romania Washington Bullets (3)
1996-97 Isaac Austin Center  United States Miami Heat (2)
1997-98 Alan Henderson Forward  United States Atlanta Hawks
1998-99 Darrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic (2)
1999-00 Jalen Rose Guard/Forward  United States Indiana Pacers
2000-01 Tracy McGrady* Guard/Forward  United States Orlando Magic (3)
2001-02 Jermaine O'Neal Forward/Center  United States Indiana Pacers (2)
2002-03 Gilbert Arenas Guard  United States Golden State Warriors
2003-04 Zach Randolph Forward  United States Portland Trail Blazers (2)
2004-05 Bobby Simmons Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2005-06 Boris Diaw Forward  France Phoenix Suns (2)
2006-07 Monta Ellis Guard  United States Golden State Warriors (2)
2007-08 Hedo Türko?lu Forward  Turkey Orlando Magic (4)
2008-09 Danny Granger Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (3)
2009-10 Aaron Brooks Guard  United States Houston Rockets
2010-11 Kevin Love^ Forward/Center  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2011-12 Ryan Anderson Forward  United States Orlando Magic (5)
2012-13 Paul George^ Forward  United States Indiana Pacers (4)
2013-14 Goran Dragi?^ Guard  Slovenia Phoenix Suns (3)
2014-15 Jimmy Butler^ Guard/Forward  United States Chicago Bulls
2015-16 CJ McCollum^ Guard  United States Portland Trail Blazers (3)
2016-17 Giannis Antetokounmpo^ Forward  Greece Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 Victor Oladipo^ Guard  United States Indiana Pacers (5)
2018-19 Pascal Siakam^ Forward  Cameroon Toronto Raptors
2019-20 Brandon Ingram^ Forward  United States New Orleans Pelicans

See also


  1. ^ Rony Seikaly was born in Lebanon and has dual citizenship in that country and the United States.[2][3] He represented the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[4]


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  • "Most Improved Player Award Winners". Retrieved 2008.
  1. ^ "Golden State's Ellis Wins 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player Award". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 26, 2007. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "Rony Seikaly". Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ "Rony Seikaly" (in Spanish). Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2008.

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