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Miami center Rony Seikaly, who had a disappointing NBA rookie season, today was named the league's Most Improved Player, beating out Reggie Miller of Indiana.

Seikaly received 37 of a possible 92 votes from a national panel of sports writers and braodcasters - three from each of the league's 27 cities and 11 representing the national media.Miller finished second with 30 votes. He was followed by Minnesota's Tony Campbell with 13, Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek with four, Philadelphia's Hersey Hawkins with three, and Chicago's Scottie Pippen, Phoenix's Mark West, Philadelphia's Derek Smith, Dallas' Roy Tarpley and Indiana's Detlef Schrempf with one each.

Seikaly, the first college player ever drafted by the Heat, struggled in his rookie season in 1988-89, averaging 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In the 1989-90 season, Seikaly led Miami in scoring with a 16.6 average and ranked sixth in the league in rebounding average with 10.4 per game.

He also improved his field goal percentage from .448 to .502 and finished 16th in the league in blocked shots with 124.

"I had a rough rookie year," Seikaly said, "because there was no veteran ahead of me I could learn from, so I had to learn on my own."

This season, Seikaly benefitted from being reunited with his former Syracuse teammate, guard Sherman Douglas. But Seikaly still was not satisfied.

"If I had my game all set now, I think I would be tired of playing," he said. "I would have nothing to strive for. There are so many aspects I still have to improve on. I'm still learning."

Miller, in his third season in the league, finished eighth in the league in scoring with an average of 24.6 points, an improvement of 8.6 over last season. He also was ninth in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage at .414 and his 150 3-pointers were the third-highest total in the league.