The “Most-Improved Player” award for the 2013-2014 season was announced today, and it was a former Rockets player that took home the hardware. PG Goran Dragic received 65 first place votes from 126 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Two Rockets received one vote each for their past season’s play. PF Terrence Jones received one second-place vote. Jones, 22, averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds this season, giving the Rockets a much needed lift at the power forward position. Jones averaged just 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 14 minutes a game during the 2012-2013 season.
SF Chandler Parsons received a third place vote as well. The 25-year old averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game for the 54-28 and Rockets. Parsons’ numbers were up across the board and he was considered one of the keys to the Rockets success this season.How did they compare to Goran Dragic? The 27-year old averaged 20.3 points and 5.9 assists per game this season, while shooting 50.5 % from the field and over 40% from beyond the arc. Dragic lead the Phoenix Suns to a 48-34 record, one game short of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The former Rocket wanted to come back to Houston, but wouldn’t take just three years on his contract from the Rockets. The Rockets reportedly offered around 3-years for $8 million a year, but weren’t willing to give Dragic the fourth year. He ended up signing with the Suns for 4-years at around $8 million a season. The Rockets then signed Jeremy Lin to a 3-year $25 million pact.