Monta Ellis Named 2006-07 Most Improved Player

April 26, 2007

Monta Ellis increased his scoring average by nearly 10 points from his rookie to his sophomore season.

Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors was named the winner of the 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.

Ellis received a total of 352 points, including 47 first-place votes, from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Sacramento Kings’ Kevin Martin finished second with 349 points (44 first-place votes) followed by the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams with 101 points (13 first-place votes). 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. This is the closest finish in the history of the award since 1990-91 when Scott Skiles of Orlando edged out Kevin Gamble of Boston by four votes

After averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists and .415 shooting for the Warriors in 2005-06, Ellis increased his scoring by 9.7 points (16.5 ppg) – the largest increase in the NBA this season -- to go along with his averages of 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.71 steals. Starting 53 of the 77 games he appeared in, Ellis reached double figures in scoring 68 times, including 24 games of 20 or more points. The 6-3 guard recorded three or more steals 20 times and had at least five steals three times, including a career-high six at Seattle (March 17).

Improving From Year One To Year Two



SEASON

G-GS

FG%

3FG%

FT%

REB

RPG

AST

APG

STL

SPG

PTS

PPG
06-07 77-53 .475 .273 .763 243 3.2 319 4.1 132 1.70 1272 16.5
05-06 49-3 .415 .341 .712 105 2.1 78 1.6 32 0.60 334 6.8

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Ellis

Selected by the Warriors in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (40th overall), Ellis was second only to Chris Paul (17.2 ppg) of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in scoring among players from that Draft class. Ellis also noticed a significant increase in his assist numbers as he dished five or more assists 33 times, including a career-high 13 at the Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 24).

Ellis is the second player in Warriors franchise history to win the award. In 2002-03, Gilbert Arenas edged out Utah's Matt Harpring to secure the award in what was also his second season in the league.

The Warriors' Andris Biedrins finished fifth in the voting for 2006-07 Most Improved Player, garnering 64 points and eight first-place votes. The 21-year old center averaged 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Golden State while averaging more than twice as many minutes as he did in 2005-06.

For a complete listing of Most Improved Player Award winners, plus this year's voting results, read below:

ALL-TIME NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD WINNERS

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 O’Neal, 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

2006-07 NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD VOTING RESULTS

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts

Monta Ellis, Golden State
47 37 15 352

Kevin Martin, Sacramento
44 38 15 349

Deron Williams, Utah
13 6 18 101

Tyson Chandler, New Orleans/OKC
6 11 9 72

Andris Biedrins, Golden State
8 4 12 64

Al Jefferson, Boston
2 13 13 62

Luol Deng, Chicago
2 7 13 44

Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix
3 3 0 24

Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia
1 2 3 14


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