NBA Awards 2013: Greg Monroe gets a vote for Most Improved Player

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

One person thought Greg Monroe was the second-most-improved player in the NBA in 2012-2013.

Greg Monroe received a single vote in the Most Improved Player balloting, a second-place vote, which gave him three total points and left him ranked 21st among the 33 nominees. This was not an improvement upon where he finished last season in the voting (4th) and, due to how he played this season, it's curious why he received a vote at all (although maybe not as curious as receiving a third place 2012 Defensive Player of the Year vote).

Monroe was good again, don't get me wrong, but he barely improved upon last year's marks. In fact, most might argue that he suffered a setback offensively due to his shooting percentages dipping. His TS% went down from .563 to .527 and his eFG% from .521 to .481.

Per minute, the only stats that improved for Monroe were his assists (up to 3.8 from 2.6 a year ago) and defensive rebounds (7.2 from 6.9). Besides that, he was either right in line where he produced last season or worse.

Below is the Top 10 for the M.I.P. voting: Here's the top 10 in voting:

Paul George, 311 votes, 52 first-place
Greivis Vasquez, 146 votes, 13 first-place
Larry Sanders, 141 votes, 10 first-place
Nikola Vucevic, 109 votes, 10 first-place
Jrue Holiday, 102 votes, 10 first-place
Omer Asik, 86 votes, nine first-place
James Harden, 53 votes, eight first-place
Stephen Curry, 18 votes, one first-place
Serge Ibaka, 15 votes, one first-place
Chandler Parsons, 14 votes

You can see all of the voting here.

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