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Nov 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) dribbles the ball up the court along side center DeMarcus Cousins (15) against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at US Airways Center. The Kings defeated the Suns 113-106. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins named in NBA's Most Improved Player award voting

Although neither Isaiah Thomas nor DeMarcus Cousins brought home the NBA’s Most Improved Player award (an honor that went to Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic), that doesn’t mean their efforts weren’t noticed.

Both Cousins and Thomas found themselves listed in the voting results with Thomas coming in 11th while Cousins placed 17th respectively.

Thomas was given three second place votes and four third place votes for a total of 13 points while Cousins picked up one second place vote and two third place nods for 5 points.

Of course, both players were very solid during the 2012-13 season so their improvement during the 2013-14 season wasn’t as noticeable as other players like Dragic or Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers, who placed second as both players emerged noticeably this season.

Regardless, still nice to see the Kings being recognized even though Thomas and Cousins (while deserving mention) had no chance of winning the award thanks to their previous solid play.

Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Gerald Green (Suns) and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers) rounded out the top five.

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