Jeremy Lin came in sixth place in the Most Improved Voting award voting, released on Friday.
The winner was Orlando's Ryan Anderson. Rounding out the top six included Milwaukee's Ersan Ilysaova, Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic, Detroit's Greg Monroe, Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum and Lin, who received 10 first-place votes. The ballots for this award, which included the other main ones -- for example, MVP and Defensive Player of the Year -- were sent to roughly 20 national NBA journalists and three in each team's market, totaling around 90 writers and broadcasters.
After riding the bench in January and February, during which the Knicks had inconsistent point-guard play, Lin was called on to play more minutes starting Feb. 4 against the Nets. That's when he exploded for 25 points and seven assists, and continued to play well until he went down with a small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee on March 24.
One season after averaging just 2.6 points per game, Lin finished his second year in the league with averages of 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals. While he's a restricted free agent, many insiders expect the Knicks to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
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