(1) Dorell Wright, SF, Golden State Warriors
Many expected Wright to cool off or hit a wall after his hot start to the season. But the 25-year-old has only gotten better as the season has progressed. His true shooting percentage swelled from 50 percent in November to 53 percent in December and a scorching 61 percent in January, according to Hoopdata.com. His 16.6 points per game this season more than doubles his 7.1 mark from 2009-10, and he's been the Warriors' third-leading scorer, ahead of David Lee, the team's headline signing of the offseason.
No one in the NBA has nailed more 3-pointers than Wright this season, which is a remarkable achievement considering he tallied just 12 made 3s during his first five seasons in the NBA. But he's not just a deadly 3-point shooter. He's an able defender, can put the ball on the floor in isolation situations and uses his athleticism to finish at the rim at a high rate (67.6 percent, according to Hoopdata).
Like Nick Young, Wright needed a little time to blossom as a scorer, and he's making the most of his big chance with Golden State. He'll receive plenty of votes for Most Improved Player and deservedly so.