Every team has one—a player whose improvement has made a significant impact on the season.
Even the weaker teams in the league can usually boast of at least one player on the roster whose game has made major strides over the previous year.
In fact, it's often the players on teams ranked in the middle of the standings, or at the bottom, who gain the most notoriety. The league's elite teams typically have more balanced attacks, and their superstars exhibit pretty consistent numbers year after year.
This year has seen its typically number of standout performances from players who have stepped up to make a difference. Here are ten leading candidates for the 2009-10 Most Improved Player award.