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Steindl takes out Most Improved honour

[ooyala code="MxdngwMTE6-qTBw3OAN8-w8nr87X5pTU" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] The Townsville Crocodiles' Clint Steindl, who set career highs in scoring, rebounding and steals this season, has won the 2015-16 NBL Most Improved Player Award, the NBL announced today. Steindl becomes the third Crocs player to win the award, joining Andrew Goodwin (2000) and Todd Blanchfield (2015). “It shows that I’m putting one foot in front of the other and continuing to move forward,” Steindl said. “I’m absolutely grateful to SD (Shawn Dennis) for recruiting me and being able to have faith in me to put me in a position to improve and succeed as a basketball player.” The Most Improved Player Award is designed to honour an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons. Each club nominated one player for the Award with the Head Coach, one Assistant Coach and the Team Captain then voting in a 3-2-1 format (3 votes being indicative of the most deserving). Voters were not allowed to vote for players from their own team. Steindl received a total of 31 votes to win the Award. Rounding out the top three in the voting were the Sydney Kings’ Tom Garlepp (30 votes) and Melbourne United’s Daniel Kickert (20 votes). Steindl, in his fourth NBL season, averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.8 minutes per game for a Townsville team that went 11-17 on the season. The 200cm guard/forward shot 41.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. He also ranked first in the league in free throw percentage, converting 92.2 percent from the foul line across Townsville’s 28 games. “I knew I would be better than the year before just with the work I put in during the pre-season and having that self-confidence.” “If I was in a position to go out there and do what I need to do for my team then I knew I could succeed.” Last season, Steindl averaged the same number of minutes and scored 9.5 points per game on less than 40 percent shooting from the field.   All-Time NBL Most Improved Player Award 1988 – Darren Lucas, Eastside Melbourne Spectres 1989 – Mark Bradtke, Adelaide 36ers 1990 – Shane Heal, Geelong Supercats 1991 – Andrew Parkinson, Southern Melbourne Saints 1992 – Andrew Svaldenis, Hobart Tassie Devils 1993 – Scott Ninnis, Adelaide 36ers 1994 – Chris Blakemore, Adelaide 36ers 1995 – Tonny Jensen, Newcastle Falcons 1996 – Chris Anstey, South East Melbourne Magic 1997 – Ben Pepper, Newcastle Falcons 1998 – Ben Melmeth, Newcastle Falcons 1999 – C.J. Bruton, Wollongong Hawks 2000 – Andrew Goodwin, Townsville Crocodiles 2001 – James Harvey, Perth Wildcats 2002 – Wade Helliwell, Brisbane Bullets 2003 –Matt Burston, Perth Wildcats 2004 – Geordie Cullen, Hunter Pirates 2005 – Peter Crawford, Perth Wildcats 2006 – Gary Boodnikoff, Cairns Taipans 2007 – Liam Rush, West Sydney Razorbacks 2008 – Cameron Tragardh, Wollongong Hawks 2009 – Matthew Knight, Sydney Spirit 2010 – Anthony Petrie, Gold Coast Blaze 2011 – Oscar Forman, Wollongong Hawks 2012 – Daniel Johnson, Adelaide 36ers 2013 – Ben Madgen, Sydney Kings 2014 – Nate Tomlinson, Melbourne Tigers 2015 – Todd Blanchfield, Townsville Crocodiles 2016 – Clint Steindl, Townsville Crocodiles  
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