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It's official: Danny Granger(notes) of the Indiana Pacers is the NBA's 2008-09 Most Improved Player Award, winning the award after averaging a career-best 25.8 points a game this season.

The All-Star forward received 364 of a possible 605 points, including 48 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

The Nets' Devin Harris(notes) — The Basketball Jones' unofficial pick to take home the funny glass hardware — finished second with 339 points (43 first-place votes), followed by OKC Thunder sophomore Kevin Durant(notes) with 83 points (six first-place votes). (Note: KD, no, no the other "KD," had Brandon Roy as his MIP.)

Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three for each second-place vote and one for each third-place vote received. No word yet whether Suns rookie Robin Lopez(notes) somehow received a vote.

Granger, who also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists, became the first player in NBA history to increase his scoring average by at least five points in three consecutive seasons. He was selected to play with the big boys in Phoenix for the first time this season, led the Pacers in scoring a majority of games played and was "adopted" by Indonesia. Not a bad little year.

Anyway, congratulations, Danny. That brand new KIA's going to look slick parked up in the Batcave.

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