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Players Pick Kings Award Winners

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Players Pick Kings Award Winners

Find out who players and a longtime broadcaster chose as Kings MVP, Most Improved Player and more.

With the 2012-13 NBA regular season concluding Wednesday, Kings players, along with Kings TV Play-By-Play Announcer Grant Napear, dished on their selections for the team’s Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Man.

(Please note: Selection in bold; voter in italics.)

KINGS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Jason
Thompson

Aldrich
DeMarcus
Cousins

Evans
Isaiah
Thomas

Fredette
John
Salmons

Hayes
Travis
Outlaw

Johnson
DeMarcus
Cousins

Outlaw
DeMarcus
Cousins

Patterson
Tyreke
Evans

Thomas
Isaiah
Thomas

Thornton
Isaiah
Thomas

Napear

Results: Cousins (3 votes), Thomas (3), Evans (1), Outlaw (1), Salmons (1), Thompson (1).

“I think it’s between Isaiah and DeMarcus. I’ll lean toward DeMarcus, just because he’s a former college teammate of mine.” — Patrick Patterson

“I think one guy who does great things on the court is J.T. He’s not a guy who – with DeMarcus, Tyreke and Isaiah – gets (as much attention), but he contributes just as much and is a great asset to our team.” — Cole Aldrich

“I’d have to say Travis Outlaw. (Despite) not playing a lot, he keeps a positive attitude, works hard in practice, cheers for his teammates and goes in and always does his job.” — James Johnson

KINGS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Toney
Douglas

Aldrich
John
Salmons

Evans
Toney
Douglas

Fredette
John
Salmons

Hayes
John
Salmons

Outlaw
Chuck
Hayes

Patterson
John
Salmons

Thomas
John
Salmons

Thompson
Chuck
Hayes

Thornton
Tyreke
Evans

Napear

Results: Salmons (5 votes), Douglas (2), Hayes (2), Evans (1).

“I would say it’s Chuck, but it’s a toss-up between him and John.” — Marcus Thornton

“I’d have to give it to Toney Douglas. He goes out and plays hard every night — he’s a very good defensive player.” — Jimmer Fredette

KINGS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Jimmer
Fredette

Aldrich
Isaiah
Thomas

Evans
Patrick
Patterson

Fredette
Isaiah
Thomas

Johnson
Isaiah
Thomas

Patterson
Isaiah
Thomas

Salmons
Tyreke
Evans

Thomas
Isaiah
Thomas

Thompson
Patrick
Patterson

Thornton
Isaiah
Thomas

Napear

Results: Thomas (6 votes), Patterson (2), Evans (1), Fredette (1).

“I think Isaiah Thomas is the Most Improved and probably the Most Valuable (Player). He’s been consistent and he does so many different things on the court. To me, he’s the MVP, not only because of what you see on the floor, but the things he does off the floor, in the locker room and in the community. I really admire him.” — Grant Napear

“I’d go with Tyreke. He’s improved his overall decision-making, his scoring (efficiency) and his three-point shooting percentage.” — Isaiah Thomas

KINGS SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Marcus
Thornton

Aldrich
Patrick
Patterson

Evans
Marcus
Thornton

Fredette
Travis
Outlaw

Hayes
Marcus
Thornton

Johnson
Marcus
Thornton

Patterson
Marcus
Thornton

Salmons
Marcus
Thornton

Thomas
Marcus
Thornton

Thompson
Marcus
Thornton

Napear

Results: Thornton (8 votes), Outlaw (1), Patterson (1).

“I think Marcus has come in and done great things off the bench, giving the second unit that spark and energy we need.” — Jason Thompson

“Marcus Thornton has played really well, shooting the ball and giving us instant offense when he comes in.” — Fredette

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