Orlando Magic center Nik Vučević garnered 10 first-place votes for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, the league announced Tuesday, en route to finishing in fourth place. Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George won the award in a landslide, getting 52 first-place votes. New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vásquez finished second and Milwaukee Bucks center LARRY SANDERS! finished third.
Vučević enjoyed a breakout 2012/13 campaign as a sophomore, averaging 13.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one block per game; as a rookie, he posted 5.5 points, 4.8 boards, 0.6 assists, and 0.7 blocks.
Two other Magic players received votes for the yearly honor, which the NBA began awarding in 1986. Arron Afflalo earned a second-place vote, while Tobias Harris had a third-place vote.
Five Orlando players have won Most Improved, with Ryan Anderson being the most recent to capture the award, earning it for his strong 2011/12 season.