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LeBron James gets Most Improved Player vote

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is already widely regarded as the best overall player in the game - but he got better last season apparently.

Well, at least according to one journalist, who picked LeBron James in his ballot for the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Prime Ticket's Michael Smith had Oklahoma City Thunder scoring machine Kevin Durant as the most improved player, with LeBron second - worth three points on the ballot.

Each to their own of course, but it's difficult to construct a case that sees LeBron 2014 as that much better than LeBron 2013 - if anything, at least on defense, he's stayed at the same level or perhaps even declined slightly.

His scoring is up slightly from last year (27.1 ppg versus 26.8 ppt) but his assists, rebounds, blocks and three point percentage are all down. His field goal percentage is marginally up while his turnovers-per-game have jumped from 2.97 to 3.51.

Anyway, the award has won by Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic for his impressive season in the Western Conference.

The Suns were many people's pick to finish bottom of the conference this season, but they confounded expectations and only narrowed missed out on a playoff spot in the final days of the regular season.

Dragic improved his points-per-game number from 14.7 in 2013 to 20.3 this year, while he struck up an exciting partnership with Eric Bledsoe in the Suns back-court.

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