Most Improved Player Of The Year Watch
1. Roy Hibbert, Pacers: Sure, the season is fewer than 20 games old, but barring a significant injury or drop-off in production, this award is his to lose. He roughed up Pau Gasol and the boys for 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists Sunday. (Last week: 1)5. (tie) Tom Thibodeau, Bulls and Jim O'Brien, Pacers : Thibodeau has Chicago sitting in first place in the Central Division, and one of his toys -- Carlos Boozer -- hasn't played a minute yet.
O'Brien added the Lakers to the list of heavyweight title contenders his Pacers have knocked off this season. (Last week: 3 and 4)