Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson will be named the 2012 NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year on Friday. Anderson became a full time starter this season and increased his scoring average by 5.5 points, from 10.6 in 2010-2011 to 16.1 ppg in 2011-2012.
Anderson also reached career highs in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and led the NBA in three-point field goals made with 166, 28 more than Jason Terry. Other notable winners of the MIP award include Kevin Love (2011), Danny Granger (2009), Monta Ellis (2007) and Tracy McGrady (2001).
Anderson will receive the award prior to Friday’s home game in Orlando. The Magic currently trail the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.