“Utah Jazz’s Lauri Markkanen Named NBA Most Improved Player for 2021-22 Season”

"Utah Jazz's Lauri Markkanen Named NBA Most Improved Player for 2021-22 Season"

Lauri Markkanen, a forward for the Utah Jazz, has been named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2021-2022 season. He received 69 first-place votes and a total of 430 points, beating out Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson. Markkanen, who was traded to the Jazz from the Cleveland Cavaliers, had his best season yet, averaging 25.6 points on 49.9% shooting overall and 39.1% from 3-point range. He was also selected to his first All-Star team in February and is a strong candidate for one of the six All-NBA forward selections. Gilgeous-Alexander and Brunson were also selected for their first All-Star teams this season. The Rookie of the Year Award winner will be announced on Tuesday night, and the All-NBA, All-Defense, and All-Rookie teams, as well as the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, will be revealed later this postseason.

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