Golden State Of Mind: Why Dorell Wright Will Win NBAs Most Improved Player Award

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 24:  Dorell Wright #1 of the Golden State Warriors smiles during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena on January 24, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Dorell Wright spent the first six years of his career in a Miami Heat uniform.

During that time, he never started more than 33 games or computed more than 25 minutes in a season.

In the Heat's magical 2006 championship season, Wright played all of one minute, and interestingly enough, it was during a blowout in the quarterfinals.

His best season came two long years later, when he averaged 7.9 points per game while shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor.

Knee injuries unfortunately ended any chance of continuing his unsurpassed play in Miami. How was he rewarded the following season? By playing a grand total of 73 minutes.

Enter July 13th of this last offseason. Wright signed a deal with the Golden State Warriors and, well, you know the rest.

He is a streaming example of someone who has flourished as a full-time starter. He has begun every game in Oakland on the hardwood floor with the starting lineup after being a benchwarmer for the majority of his years in Miami.

Wright has taken on the third-wheel role extremely well, playing alongside the backcourt bromance that is Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis.

He has absolutely flourished and he has increased his production in almost every offensive category. His points per game average has leapt from 7.1 to 16.5. His rebounds per game has jumped from 3.3 to 5.7. He has doubled his steals average, landing it at its current 1.4 clip.

He has done all of this while playing a little less than double his floor time from the 2009-10 season.

For these reasons and more, he should be the winner of the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Additionally, he is shooting a career-high 40 percent from beyond the arc, currently 5.7 and will be participating in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout with the likes of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant.

Sure, his field goal percentage has dropped, but this is because a great number of his field goals attempted have been from beyond the arc.

Some will give the argument that Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves should win the award. The difference between the two (and believe me, I am a diehard T'Wolves fan) is that Love was already given the keys to the team last year and is still the main guy in Minnesota.

Love's teammate, Michael Beasley, also has a case. However, injuries and a lackluster team record have recently affected his status to doubtful of lifting the hardware.

On November 27th, Wright hit nine threes against the Timberwolves. It was a precursor to what would become, the leader at the top of the "treys made" category—Wright's.

That's correct. He is leading the NBA in threes made. Pretty amazing for being a tertiary option of his franchise.

It really is incredible. Not only have his numbers increased, but his defensive intensity has improved as well.

When given the chance, Dorell Wright will produced tremendously.

This is why he is the NBA's Most Improved Player.