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Houston's Brooks takes home award for most improved

By Official Release
Posted Apr 22 2010 1:07PM

NEW YORK -- Aaron Brooks of the Houston Rockets is the winner of the 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors, the NBA announced Thursday. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a significant improvement from the previous season.

Brooks received 403 of a possible 615 points, including 62 first-place votes, from a panel of 123 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (17 first-place votes) and George Hill of the San Antonio Spurs (seven first-place votes) tied for second with 101 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third place vote received.

NBA Most Improved Player Awards
Year Player, Team
1985-86 Alvin Robertson, San Antonio
1986-87 Dale Ellis, Seattle
1987-88 Kevin Duckworth, Portland
1988-89 Kevin Johnson, Phoenix
1989-90 Rony Seikaly, Miami
1990-91 Scott Skiles, Orlando
1991-92 Pervis Ellison, Washington
1992-93 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver
1993-94 Don MacLean, Washington
1994-95 Dana Barros, Philadelphia
1995-96 Gheorghe Muresan, Washington
1996-97 Isaac Austin, Miami
1997-98 Alan Henderson, Atlanta
1998-99 Darrell Armstrong, Orlando
1999-00 Jalen Rose, Indiana
2000-01 Tracy McGrady, Orlando
2001-02 Jermaine ONeal, Indiana
2002-03 Gilbert Arenas, Golden State
2003-04 Zach Randolph, Portland
2004-05 *Bobby Simmons, L.A. Clippers
2005-06 Boris Diaw, Phoenix
2006-07 Monta Ellis, Golden State
2007-08 Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando
2008-09 Danny Granger, Indiana
2009-10 *Aaron Brooks, Houston
*NBA Development League Experience

This season Brooks set career highs in points (19.6 points per game), assists (5.3 apg) and rebounds (2.6 rpg). His 8.4 ppg scoring increase from last season (11.2 ppg) was the highest in the league among minimum qualifiers. Brooks became only the sixth player in NBA history to make at least 200 3-pointers and dish out at least 400 assists in the same season. He set the Rockets' single-season record for 3-pointers made with 209. The 6-foot guard scored 20 or more points 39 times and at least 30 points on 10 occasions. This marks the second time that a former NBA Development League player (Bobby Simmons, 2005) has been a recipient of an NBA Annual Award. Brooks played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers during his rookie season.

As part of its support of the Most Improved Player Award, Kia Motors America will donate a 2011 Kia Sorento CUV on behalf of Brooks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento, the Official Vehicle of the NBA, to the charity of choice of each of four 2009-10 season-end award winners as part of the "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors." Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 12 new vehicles to charity since the program began in 2008.

The 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors." The series, currently in its third season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man and Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards. It also includes the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors, which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors" visit

Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors
Player Team 1st place votes 2nd place votes 3rd place votes Total
Aaron Brooks Houston 62 27 12 403
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City 17 5 1 101
George Hill San Antonio 7 17 15 101
Marc Gasol Memphis 9 13 17 101
Andrew Bogut Milwaukee 7 17 7 93
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City 5 11 9 67
Joakim Noah Chicago 7 8 5 64
Gerald Wallace Charlotte 3 4 2 29
Corey Brewer Minnesota -- 3 10 19
Brook Lopez New Jersey 1 3 5 19
Carl Landry Sacramento -- 4 6 18
Andray Blatche Washington 1 2 1 12
Rajon Rondo Boston 2 -- 2 12
Channing Frye Phoenix 1 -- 5 10
Danilo Gallinari New York -- 1 7 10
Josh Smith Atlanta -- 2 2 8
David Lee New York -- -- 7 7
Dwight Howard Orlando 1 -- -- 5
Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee -- 1 1 4
Chris Kaman L.A. Clippers -- 1 1 4
J.J. Reddick Orlando -- 1 1 4
Chris Douglas-Roberts New Jersey -- 1 -- 3
Paul Millsap Utah -- 1 -- 3
Nene Denver -- 1 -- 3
Robin Lopez Phoenix -- -- 2 2
Monta Ellis Golden State -- -- 1 1
J.J. Hickson Cleveland -- -- 1 1
Zach Randolph Memphis -- -- 1 1
John Salmons Milwaukee -- -- 1 1
Ben Wallace Detroit -- -- 1 1
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