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Indiana Pacers star wins Most Improved Player award

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has capped a sensational season by winning the Most Improved Player award.

The Pacers star received 311 of a possible 1,080 points to place him ahead of New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez and Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders.

The award, voted for by sportswriters and broadcasters throughout North America, rewards a stunning campaign for George, who entered the 2012-13 season with career averages of 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.3 steals.

He's improved in every category this term - posting figures of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.8 steals.

Per NBA.com he was the only player in the NBA to record at least 140 steals (143) and 50 blocks (51).

George was a first round pick from the 2010 draft (10th overall) and he's enjoyed a pretty rapid rise through the league.

He was named to the all-rookie second team in his rookie season, before being named a Rising Star the following season.

This year he's really pushed on though, and was named to the All-Star game for the first time in his career.

The 6ft 8in small forward is currently battling the Atlanta Hawks as the Pacers contest the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Pacers have a 1-0 series lead, with Game 2 set for Wednesday night.

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