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2011-12 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 0.7 BLKPG, 52.1% FG
Career Stats: 12.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 0.6 BLKPG, 53.3% FG
I'm not saying that Greg Monroe deserved to win the 2012 NBA Most Improved Player award, but he certainly improved his play quite a bit this year for a Piston's team who desperately needed someone to step up.
Monroe saw increases in every statistical category this season, aside from field-goal percentage, with the most drastic improvement being made in his free-throw shooting percentage. Monroe shot 73.9 percent from the charity stripe this year, as compared to his percentage of 68.5 percent last season.
Not only did Monroe improve his game this year, he also helped the Pistons improve as a team and a franchise. While they still only won 25 games, that's more than quite a few other teams can say for themselves.
Monroe improved in nearly every aspect of his game, and that's exactly what the most improved player award is about.