Are they 'improved' or just uncovered talents?

Updated: December 9, 2004, 1:02 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Chad Ford's Chat Wrap with SportsNation on Thursday

Bobby Simmons has been awesome. Marko Jaric looks like the next international sensation. Kyle Korver has the Team USA selection committee drooling.

Two months ago, no one knew who any of these guys were. Now all three are putting up impressive numbers in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. But contrary to popular belief, none of them is the "most improved" player in the league.

In the pantheon of bogus awards the media hand out to players and coaches at the end of the season, there's the bad – and then there's the Most Improved Player Award.

What it really should be called is the Most Improved Points, Rebounds and Assists Per Game Award.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer