(INDIANAPOLIS) — As evidence from his playoff-opening triple-double, the NBA has announced that Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
Since entering the NBA in 2010, George has gotten betterby the season. This season, George put up career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
In the team’s first playoff game of the opening round against the Atlanta Hawks, George recorded just the second playoff triple-double in franchise history.
George also becomes the fourth player in Pacers history to take home the award. He joins Jalen Rose, Jermaine O’Neal and Danny Granger on that list.
Voting wasn’t even close when it came to the award. George received 52 first-place votes and 311 points. He received more than double the votes of runner-up Grevis Vasquez of New Orleans. Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders finished third in voting.
The award also caps a season that saw George reach his first All-Star game and helped the Pacers clinch their first Central Division title in nine years.
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Jill Martin, CNN