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Greivis Vasquez finishes second in 2013 NBA's Most Improved Player Award

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Despite finishing second to Paul George, Greivis Vasquez deserves plenty of accolade for his 2012-13 season. Had it not been for Danny Granger missing most of the season, it is very conceivable the voting results below would have looked vastly different.

A few other Hornets also made the list: Ryan Anderson with one 1st place vote and Robin Lopez with one 3rd place vote.

Player 1st Place (5 Pts) 2nd Place (3 Pts) 3rd Place (1 pts) Total
Paul George (Indiana) 52 14 9 311
Greivis Vasquez (New Orleans) 13 19 24 146
Larry Sanders (Milwaukee) 10 25 16 141
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando) 10 14 17 109
Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia) 10 13 13 102
Omer Asik (Houston) 9 9 14 86
James Harden (Houston) 8 3 4 53
Stephen Curry (Golden State) 1 4 1 18
Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City) 1 3 1 15
Chandler Parsons (Houston) 0 4 2 14
Kemba Walker (Charlotte) 0 2 3 9
J.R. Smith (New York) 1 1 0 8
Klay Thompson (Golden State) 1 1 0 8
Jimmy Butler (Chicago) 0 2 1 7
Ryan Anderson (New Orleans) 1 0 0 5
Carmelo Anthony (New York) 1 0 0 5
Andray Blatche (Brooklyn) 1 0 0 5
Mike Conley (Memphis) 1 0 0 5
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) 0 1 2 5
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) 0 1 1 4
Arron Afflalo (Orlando) 0 1 0 3
Earl Clark (L.A. Lakers) 0 0 3 3
Kenneth Faried (Denver) 0 1 0 3
Greg Monroe (Detroit) 0 1 0 3
Joakim Noah (Chicago) 0 1 0 3
Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) 0 0 2 2
Tobias Harris (Orlando) 0 0 1 1
Jarrett Jack (Golden State) 0 0 1 1
Ty Lawson (Denver) 0 0 1 1
Brook Lopez (Brooklyn) 0 0 1 1
Robin Lopez (New Orleans) 0 0 1 1
Lance Stephenson (Indiana) 0 0 1 1
Jeff Teague (Atlanta) 0 0 1 1

Courtesey of NBA.com

It is worth noting that it appears Vasquez isn't content with his personal success this season. Per Jim Eichenhofer:

Greivis Vasquez said he plans to work out in Los Angeles this summer with Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose. All 3 players have same agent.

In addition, Vasquez gave some additional thoughts recently at a minor league baseball game in New Orleans:

From @edc346: Will you stay here long-term with the Pelicans?
Vasquez: That’s my goal. I don’t want to leave here on these terms, of having two years in a row where we’re struggling and rebuilding. I want a chance to really help my team and lead them to a playoff run. I think it’s going to be very soon. What we’ve got to do this summer as individuals is all get better. I know Monty is going to be ready. We’ve got to be ready for Monty and get this team where we want it to be.

From @oceanback: Are you doing any speed training drills?
Vasquez: Yes. I’m really going to work on my body and get a little bit more explosive. I’m going to work on my speed and get a little bit quicker too. I think most of it is technique right now. You don’t get (significantly) faster at this point, but you can get more explosive and stronger. I’ve been working on my lower body. As long as you show progress in something in your game each summer, you’re going to be fine in this league.