The All-Improved Team (so far)

Updated: January 9, 2007, 10:05 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
One of the hardest parts of evaluating young NBA talent is figuring out which players will take the steps to make themselves better and which ones won't.

I call this the "Karl Malone factor," after the former Utah forward, who was so maniacal about his workout regimen, he was against all odds a far better player at 35 than he was at 25.