May 25 (UPI) -- New York Knicks forward Julius Randle was named the recipient of the NBA's Most Improved Player award Tuesday night.
The 2021 All-Star selection averaged career highs in points (24.1), rebounds (10.2), assists (six), 3-point percentage (41.1%) and free-throw percentage (81.1%) this season.
He joined the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets as the only players this season to lead their teams in points, rebounds and assists per game.
Randle also was the second player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game while also shooting 40% from 3-point range, joining Hall of Famer Larry Bird who did so in the 1984-85 season.
Under Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, the 26-year-old Randle played a league-best 2,667 minutes (37.6 per game) and played in 71 of a possible 72 games.
NBA Most Improved Player voting results:
1. Julius Randle (New York Knicks) - 493 points
2. Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons) - 140 points
3. Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets) - 138 points
4. Christian Wood (Houston Rockets) - 44 points
8. Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns) - 8 points
9. Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans) - 6 points
10. Nikola Vucevic (Chicago Bulls) - 3 points
12. Jordan Poole (Golden State Warriors) - 3 points
14. Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder) - 3 points
15. Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers) - 3 points
16. Kyle Anderson (Memphis Grizzlies) - 2 points
17. R.J. Barrett (New York Knicks) - 2 points
18. Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) - 2 points
19. Lonzo Ball (New Orleans Pelicans) - 1 point
20. T.J. McConnell (Indiana Pacers) - 1 point
21. Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors) - 1 point
22. Richaun Holmes (Sacramento Kings) - 1 point
23. Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz) - 1 point
24. Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets) - 1 point
25. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) - 1 point