The Orlando Magic didn't have an outstanding season, but some of their players have earned some individual recognition. Elfrid Payton finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting, and on Thursday, the NBA revealed three Magic players received votes for Most Improved Player.
Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler won the award, to no one's surprise, but Magic men Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, and Tobias Harris each received votes. Notably, none of the Orlando media members who had ballots cast one for any of the Magic's players.
Specifically, Oladipo earned a second-place vote from Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Rice, making Oladipo the Magic's leader in this category. Vucevic garnered two third-place votes: one from Phoenix Suns broadcaster Eddie Johnson and another from TNT broadcaster and telestrator czar Mike Fratello. Harris' vote, meanwhile, came from Toronto Raptors broadcaster Paul Jones.
Oladipo, Vucevic, and Harris each made modest gains in per-minute scoring and in points per minute. Vucevic's scoring increase was the most pronounced, going from 16.1 points per 36 minutes to 20.3. His improved confidence and patience in the post, combined with more scoring opportunities with Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson moving on to new teams, made him the centerpiece of Orlando's offense.
None of these players came close to challenging Butler for Most Improved, but these votes show that at least some folks outside Orlando are paying attention to the proverbial stew Rob Hennigan has goin'.