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Poole, Wiggins receive votes for NBA's Most Improved Player

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Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole

The NBA announced the voting results for Most Improved Player of the 2020-21 season on Tuesday, and New York Knicks forward Julius Randle won in a massive landslide. He received 98 of 100 possible first-place votes and ended up with far more total points than every other player who received a vote combined.

Of those other players who received votes, two happen to be members of the Warriors. Jordan Poole received a single second-place vote, worth three points, while Andrew Wiggins received a third-place vote, worth one point.

Poole's emergence was one of the most promising developments of Golden State's season, and Wiggins' contributions weren't far behind. Both players shed reputations that they entered the season with, and both figure to be a major part of what the Warriors do moving forward.

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While neither Poole nor Wiggins was ever going to receive anywhere near the kind of attention that Randle did -- and deservedly so -- perhaps they should have. Or at the very least, they should have received more. If the award truly is meant to go to the most improved player, the leap Poole made, in particular, undoubtedly was larger than Randle's -- and that of just about everyone else on that list.

Of course, that's not how the voting works in reality. Randle had a tremendous season in leading the Knicks to the playoffs, and is a very deserving winner. But after the improvement Poole and Wiggins displayed this past season, don't be surprised if both receive significantly more votes next year.

 

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