Forecast: Lance Stephenson for MIP

Indiana's Lance Stephenson has quieted his critics with his play so far this season. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Our Winter Forecast rolls on with a look at the NBA awards races.

Who will be named the Most Improved Player at the end of the season?

Our ESPN Forecast panel has Indiana's Lance Stephenson leading the way with 20 first-place votes and teammate Paul George, who won the MIP award last season, rounding out the top five.

New Orleans' super soph Anthony Davis, meanwhile, finished second in our forecast with nine first-place votes.

Here's our voting breakdown ...

ESPN Forecast: Who will win the Most Improved Player award?

Voters ranked their top three picks, with a 5-3-1 scoring system