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Hassan Whiteside places fourth in Most Improved Player voting

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Despite his impressive play this season, Miami's Hassan Whiteside lost out on the NBA's Most Improved Player award to the Bulls' Jimmy Butler, coming in fourth place in the voting tally.

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As it was recently revealed, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls has been named the 2014-2015 recipient of the Most Improved Player Award.

According to the NBA press release, "The award is designed to honor an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons." There is no denying the fact that Butler deserved this award, he's been spectacular for the Bulls this season and has made a serious case for a max contact.

Nevertheless, it is worth noting the Miami's own Hassan Whiteside did make a respectable showing despite playing in only 48 games, clocking in at fourth place in the voting tally behind Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

Whiteside received five 1st place votes, twelve 2nd place votes, and 27 third place votes, giving him 88 points total.

Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

Whiteside, was absolutely phenomenal for Miami this season averaging 11.8 points per game, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks and is clearly deserving of every vote he received. While it's disappointing, I have no doubt that he will continue to improve and continue to be a vital part of the Miami Heat in the future.