New York, NY – Orlando Magic swingman Ryan Anderson has been named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2011-12 season.
Anderson received 260 of a possible 605 points to earn the honor, including 33 of 121 first-place votes, besting Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic.
The native of Sacramento, who will turn 24 on Sunday, posted career highs in scoring (16.1 points per game), rebounds (7.7 rpg), field-goal percentage (.439) and free-throw shooting. In addition, Anderson led the NBA in total three-point field goals made (166) and attempted (422).
A California product selected by the Nets in the first round of the 2008 draft, Anderson is the fifth member of the franchise to be given the award, first presented in 1986.
Hedo Turkoglu (2008), Tracy McGrady (2001), Darrell Armstrong (1999) and Scott Skiles (1991) were previously selected while suiting up for the central Florida team.
Kevin Love of the Timberwolves won last season.