West Runner-Up in Most Improved Voting
May 2, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ New Orleans/Oklahoma City power forward David West became the second Hornet to garner second-place status in the NBAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s season awards, finishing as a runner-up in the 2005-06 Most Improved Player voting. PhoenixÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Boris Diaw won the award. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.
Previously, Hornets guard Speedy Claxton took second place in the Sixth Man of the Year voting, placing behind MemphisÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ Mike Miller.
In his third NBA season, West bumped his scoring average from 6.2 points to 17.1. The 25-year-old also significantly increased his rebounding average (4.3 to 7.4), field-goal percentage (43.6 to 51.2), free-throw percentage (68.0 to 84.3) and minutes (18.4 to 34.1).
Diaw received a total of 489 points, including 80 first-place votes, from a panel of 126 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. West finished second with 283 points (22 first-place votes) followed by New JerseyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Nenad Krstic with 65 points (four 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.
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