With the 2004-05 season coming to a close, NBA.com wants to know who you think should win each of the six major regular-season awards. Take a look at each of the top candidates below, then cast a vote for the most deserving Most Improved Player candidate.
Thank you for voting. The polls are now closed. Please come back Tuesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. ET for full results.
Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
The second-year big man’s numbers (16.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are up from 11.5 and 7.4 as a rookie.
Primoz Brezec, Charlotte Bobcats
In his first three games of the season, Brezec (13.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) accumulated more minutes (95), points (65), rebounds (25), field goals (22) and free throws (11) than he did all of last season with Indiana.
Dan Dickau, New Orleans Hornets
Dickau’s 12.1 scoring increase this season is tops in the league. He averaged just 8.5 mpg for his career prior to the midseason trade to New Orleans; 30.7 thereafter.
Drew Gooden, Cleveland Cavaliers
Gooden (14.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg) ranks eighth in the NBA in double-doubles (37). He’s experienced a 2.8 rpg jump in only 4.3 minutes of added playing time.
Troy Murphy, Golden State Warriors
Murphy’s posting 15.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game after an injury riddled 2003-04 limited him to 10 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 28 contests.
Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors
The former Slam Dunk Champ has finally taken the step to stardom, posting career-highs in scoring (21.9), assists (3.9) and steals (1.5).
Bobby Simmons, Los Angeles Clippers
The former D-Leaguer has more than doubled his scoring average (16.5 from 7.8) in addition to displaying an all-around game (6.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg).
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
It’s not often that a 20-point per game scorer can raise his average by five points in a single season, but Stoudemire ranks fifth in the league in scoring this year (25.8 ppg).
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
We knew he was good as a rookie (16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg) but this good? Wade’s 24.5 points, 6.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game this year is jaw-dropping.
Maurice Williams, Milwaukee Bucks
Williams (10.1 ppg, 6.0 apg) went from a 13.5 mpg sub in Utah to starting every game this season with Milwaukee. The sophomore guard ranks third in the NBA in assists per 48 minutes (10.3) after posting 1.3 apg last year.
All statistics through April 15