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In-Season All-Improved Team

3/4/2010

Normally when we think of improvement, we picture a player putting in extra work over the summer and coming back with an improved jump shot, a new move or the proverbial 15 pounds of muscle. The league even gives out a trophy, the Most Improved Player Award, to commemorate the league's greatest season-over-season improvement.

That's one type of improvement, but it's not the only kind. There's another way to get better, and it's perhaps more difficult -- via slow, inexorable progress over the course of the regular season. Some players have managed it, however, and are visibly better than they were five months ago.