DENVER, CO - APRIL 22: Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic takes a shot over Arron Afflalo #6 of the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Ryan Anderson became a real threat this year, and the NBA has decided to reward him their Most Improved Player award.
The Orlando Magic had to go through a very difficult season this year with all of the drama surrounding Dwight Howard, but there was a silver lining. The emergence of Ryan Anderson as a legitimate threat from the outside and a very real threat next to Dwight Howard. As a result, the NBA is prepared to award him the Most Improved Player award in a press conference that will take place on Friday afternoon.
BREAKING: Ryan Anderson to be named Most Improved Player— Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) May 4, 2012
This was Anderson's fourth year in the NBA and his third with the Magic. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this year, up from 10.6 and 5.5 in the 2010-11 season. He also made nearly 40% of his nearly seven three point attempts per game, making him the most prolific shooter from beyond the arc in the NBA.
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