Nene, J.R. Smith and Chris Andersen Not the NBA’s Most Improved Player

No Denver Nuggets’ player won the NBA Most Improved Player award, but Denver was well represented in the voting.  Danny Granger from the Indiana Pacers won the award with 364 points (48 first place votes, 37 second and 13 third) finishing 25 points ahead of Devin Harris. 

Nene was the first Nugget on the list finishing fifth with 58 points thanks to seven first place votes, five second place votes and eight third place votes.  The players who finished ahead of Nene were Granger, Harris, Kevin Durant (83 points) and Paul Millsap (78 points).

The other Nuggets on the list were Chris Andersen and J.R. Smith who both had six points after each receiving one first place vote and one third place vote.

J.R. Smith is having quite the awards season.  He finished second in the sixth man of the year vote, received a vote for the first team all defensive squad and now is in the top 15 of the most improved player voting.