A few days after finishing eighth in Defensive Player of the Year voting, Anthony Davis has finished third in Most Improved Player voting.
This race, won by Goran Dragic of the Suns, was a bit closer than DPOY but still not all that close as Dragic received 455 points to beat Indiana’s Lance Stephenson with 158 and Davis with 155. Players recieved five points for a first place vote, three for a second and one for a first. In all Davis garnered 16 first place votes (tied for second most behind Dragic’s 65 with Dragic’s Suns teammate Gerald Green), 21 second place votes and 12 third place votes.
It is well deserved recognition for Davis who raised his field goal percentage from 51.6 to 51.9 percent while taking five more shots per game, increased his free throw shooting from 75.1 percent to 79.1 percent, grabbed two more rebounds a game and blocked almost a whole shot more.
Some of the growth of Davis was just a product of more minutes, he played almost seven more per game this season, but he did show other growth in some advanced stats. Davis’ usage rate jumped from 21.8 to 25.2 from his rookie year, while his turnover percentage dropped from 10.3 percent to 8.3 percent despite the jump in responsibilities. His growth also showed in assist percentage (6.1 percent to 8 percent) and block percentage (5.1 to 6.7 percent). In just about every facet of his game Davis became a better player, leading to discussion of when, not if, he will become one of the three best players in basketball.
Full voting results can be found here.