Golden State’s Ellis named Most Improved Player
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Golden State guard Monta Ellis was named
the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Thursday.
Ellis earned 47 first-place votes and a total of 352 points from a panel of
129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada
and edged out Kevin Martin of the Sacramento Kings, who finished second in the
balloting, compiling 44 first-place votes and 349 total points.
The voting was the closest since 1990-91 when Scott Skiles of Orlando edged
out Kevin Gamble of Boston by four votes.
Utah’s Deron Williams was third in the voting with 101 points.
After averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 2005-06, Ellis
increased his scoring to a career-high 16.5 points per game, the largest
increase in the NBA this season.
Ellis also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.71 steals per contest in
77 games this season.