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C.J. McCollum Named NBA Most Improved Player

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2015-16 season on Friday afternoon. Hornets guard Kemba Walker and Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo came in second and third respectively. McCollum played in 80 games for the Blazers this season, upping his scoring average from 15.7 ppg to 21.6 ppg from last year and his assists average from 2.2 to 4.4 per game.

The 6-foot-4 guard also closed out many games for Portland and helped lead them to the postseason in a season which they weren’t projected to do so. Check out the details below via

McCollum received 101 first-place votes and 559 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (seven first-place votes, 166 points) and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (four first-place votes, 99 points) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

McCollum averaged a career-high 20.8 points (18th in the NBA) in his third season since being selected by the Trail Blazers with the 10th pick of NBA Draft 2013 presented by State Farm. He raised his scoring average by 14 points from last season’s 6.8, the largest increase (minimum 40 games each season) since Tony Campbell improved by 17 points from 1988-89 (6.2) to 1989-90 (23.2). McCollum established career highs in field goal percentage (44.8), three-point field goal percentage (41.7, eighth in the NBA), assists (4.3 apg) and rebounds (3.2 rpg), helping Portland make the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

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