Magic forward Ryan Anderson entered this season knowing he’d have a chance to contribute to an NBA team like never before.
A full-time starter for the first time, he turned that opportunity into the best regular season of his career and on Friday was rewarded with the league’s Most Improved Player award.
NBA officials were at Amway Center to present the 23-year-old Anderson with the honor.
In his fourth season since being taken 21st in the 2008 draft out of California, Anderson started 61 of 66 games during the shortened regular season and led the league in 3-pointers made (166) and attempted (422). He joins Rashard Lewis as the only other power forward to lead the league in 3-pointers made. He averaged career highs in points (16.1) and rebounds (7.7).