Pascal Siakam, from the 2019 NBA Champions Toronto Raptors, was named the Most Improved Player for the 2018-19 season.
In 80 games (79 starts) this season, Siakam averaged career-highs in points (16.9), rebounds (6.9), assists (3.1), field goal percentage (.549) and three-point percentage (.369). Last season, he averaged 7.3 points (+9.6 this season), 4.5 rebounds (+2.4 this season) and 2.0 assists (+1.1 this season).
He not only played a critical role in the Raptors' 58-win season but also played a huge role in their run to the franchise's first-ever title.
Here's how the voting went down for the MIP Award:
Here's the voting breakdown for Most Improved Player. pic.twitter.com/97y7Co3sXo- Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 25, 2019
The 25-year-old from Cameroon became the first player in franchise history to win the award.
🌟 @pskills43 of the @Raptors wins the 2018-19 Most Improved Player! #KiaMIP #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/5hPCexZov1- NBA (@NBA) June 25, 2019
This is Siakam's second individual accolade, after being named the 2017 NBA D-League (now G-League) Finals MVP while leading the Raptors 9O5 to the D-League title.