Goran Dragic’s improvement was one of the primary reasons Phoenix won 48 games this season.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic has been named the Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 season.
Dragic received 65 of 126 possible first-place votes, finishing with 408 total points – 250 more than second-place finisher Lance Stephenson. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis finished third in the voting, while Dragic’s teammate, Gerald Green, finished fourth.
Dragic was the catalyst behind a surprising Phoenix team that finished 48-34, barely missing out on a playoff berth. In 76 games, the 27-year-old Yugoslavian averaged career-highs in points (20.3), rebounds (3.2) and field goal percentage (50.5%), in addition to adding a team-best 5.9 assists per game.
Check out the complete voting results below (click to enlarge).
As you can see, the Bucks were again shut out of the voting. It’s difficult to make an argument that anyone on a 15-win team was one of the NBA’s most improved players, though I doubt Brandon Knight receiving a few third place votes would have caused much of a commotion. Regardless, with only three awards remaining – MVP, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year – it appears Giannis Anteotkounmpo may be Milwaukee’s only hope of garnering a vote.