Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, whose scoring average jumped from 6.8 points per game during the 2014-15 season to 20.8 points this season. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player.
McCollum, in his third season got 101 first-place votes and 559 points by the voters.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker was second while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was third.
Reigning MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors finished fourth in the voting for the award, which is given to honor an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season.
McCollum also set career highs for field-goal percentage (44.8), 3-point field-goal percentage (41.7), assists (4.3) and rebounds (3.2). He is the third Portland player to have won the award, joining Kevin Duckworth (1978-88) and Zach Randolph (2003-04). (ESPN)