Yet it came down to these two at crunch time: Houston’s Aaron Brooks and the irresistible Wallace, who prevents me from supporting Brooks’ bid to become the first Rocket to win some individual hardware since Steve Francis’ rookie of the year campaign in 1999-2000.
Lil Brooks made an undeniable leap into the scoring void created by Yao Ming’s season-long absence and the inglorious end to Tracy McGrady’s career in Houston. He’s the face of a gritty bunch that was never expected to play .500 ball and had to deal with the curveball of losing fellow MIP candidate Carl Landry in the three-way trade headlined by T-Mac and Kevin Martin at the February deadline.
Wallace, however, outimproved Brooks and everyone else.
Marc Stein explained his pick of Gerald Wallace for the Most Improved award over Houston Rockets guard Aaron Brooks.
UPDATE: I should clarify that I do not think Aaron Brooks deserves this award.