NBA Most Improved Player Award

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 compared to previous seasons. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada, 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] The criteria for selecting the most improved player was initially open-ended, but the NBA clarified in later years that it was intended for an up-and-coming player who improved dramatically and not a player who made a comeback, distinguishing it from the defunct NBA Comeback Player of the Year Award.[2][3] Since the 2022–23 NBA season, winners receive the George Mikan Trophy, named after the five-time NBA champion.

National Basketball Association Most Improved Player Award (MIP)
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Awarded forPlayer with greatest improvement in playing ability in regular season of the National Basketball Association
First award1985–86
Most recentLauri Markkanen
Utah Jazz

Since its inception, the award has been given to 36 players. No player has ever won the award twice. Boris Diaw, Kevin Love, Pascal Siakam, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship, Siakam is the only winner to win a championship in the same season as the award, and Antetokounmpo is the only winner to win NBA Finals MVP. Rony Seikaly,[a] Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam and Lauri Markkanen are the only award winners born outside the United States.

Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Ja Morant and Lauri Markkanen 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 selected in a later season to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragić, Antetokounmpo, Oladipo, Randle and Morant 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.


Tracy McGrady won the award in the 2000–01 NBA season.
^ 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 Center   United States[a] 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 Mureșan 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 Türkoğlu 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 Dragić^ 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
2020–21 Julius Randle^ Forward   United States New York Knicks
2021–22 Ja Morant^ Guard   United States Memphis Grizzlies
2022–23 Lauri Markkanen^ Forward   Finland Utah Jazz


Awards Teams Years
5 Indiana Pacers 2000, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2018
Orlando Magic 1991, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012
3 Washington Bullets 1992, 1994, 1996
Phoenix Suns 1989, 2006, 2014
Portland Trail Blazers 1988, 2004, 2016
2 Miami Heat 1990, 1997
Golden State Warriors 2003, 2007
1 San Antonio Spurs 1986
Seattle SuperSonics 1987
Denver Nuggets 1993
Philadelphia 76ers 1995
Atlanta Hawks 1998
Los Angeles Clippers 2005
Houston Rockets 2010
Minnesota Timberwolves 2011
Chicago Bulls 2015
Milwaukee Bucks 2017
Toronto Raptors 2019
New Orleans Pelicans 2020
New York Knicks 2021
Memphis Grizzlies 2022
Utah Jazz 2023
0 Brooklyn Nets None
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Detroit Pistons
Sacramento Kings

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rony Seikaly was born in Lebanon and has dual citizenship in that country and the United States.[4][5] He represented the United States at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.[6]


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  3. ^ Mahoney, Rob (January 28, 2014). "The Fundamentals: The many layers and many candidates for Most Improved Player". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "Rony Seikaly". Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  5. ^ "Rony Seikaly" (in Spanish). Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  6. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: S". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2008.