Ryan Anderson Officially Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award

Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson is the 2012 Most Improved Player, the NBA announced in a press release on Friday. Anderson wins the award after upping his scoring average from 10.1 points per game to 16.1 points per game while hitting more three-pointers than anyone in the league. He emerged as a top player for the Magic after spending several years as a bench guy.

Anderson won the award with 260 vote points, beating out Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks, who had 159. Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves finished third and Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers tied for fourth.

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who took the league by storm for a short stretch earlier in the year, finished just sixth in the voting.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post and check out SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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