(Reuters) - Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu has won the Most Improved Player Award, the NBA said on Monday.
The 29-year-old from Turkey started every game this season and his 19.5 scoring average was nearly eight points higher than his career average.
The eight-year NBA veteran also had career highs in rebounding (5.7) and assists (5.0) while shooting .400 from three-point range and .829 from the free-throw line.
Turkoglu received a total of 380 points, including 61 first-place votes, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Memphis forward Rudy Gay was second on 167 points followed by LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland on 128.