Oladipo, Cousins named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Oct 31, 2017 08:21 AM
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Victor Oladipo - Indiana Pacers press release
After draining what proved to be the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) victory over San Antonio, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo turned to the crowd and proclaimed, "This is my city!"
For one week, at least, this is also his league.
The NBA announced Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that Oladipo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Oct. 23-29 (Oct. 24-30, PHL time). The 6’4” guard and former Indiana University All-American averaged 28.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists over three games last week. He shot 60.4 percent from the field, 60 percent from three-point range, and 95 percent from the free throw line while leading the Pacers to a 2-1 record.
He began the week by tallying 28 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a 140-107 win in Minnesota on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Oladipo played a big part in helping the Pacers set a franchise record for single-game field goal percentage in the victory, going 11-for-16 from the field (2-for-4 from three-point range).
The next night, Oladipo dropped a season-high 35 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 114-96 loss in Oklahoma City. Playing for the first time against the franchise that traded him to Indiana over the summer, Oladipo went 11-for-18 from the field, 5-for-8 from three-point range, and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Then on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Oladipo scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter of a 97-94 win over San Antonio, helping Indiana erase a nine-point deficit and ultimately hitting the winning shot, a high-arcing step-back three-pointer over 6’11” forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Oladipo went 7-for-14 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range in the win while also collecting four rebounds and five assists.
Oladipo has led the Pacers in scoring in each of their first six games this season. He currently ranks eighth in the NBA with a scoring average of 25.5 points per game.
Oladipo is the 12th player in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honors. Pacers players have won the award a total of 21 times. Paul George, the player traded to Oklahoma City in exchange for Oladipo and Sabonis, was the last Pacers player to earn the accolade, doing so five times (the last being April 9, 2017).
Oladipo shared the weekly honor with New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week.
DeMarcus Cousins - New Orleans Pelicans press release
NEW ORLEANS – The NBA announced earlier today that Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Oct. 23-29 (Oct. 24-30, PHL time). This is the sixth time Cousins has earned Player of the Week honors, and the first time as a member of the Pelicans.
Cousins led the Pelicans to a 2-1 record while averaging 36.3 points on .544 shooting from the floor, 16.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks. Below is a breakdown of Cousins’ performances during the week:
- 39 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal in a 103-93 loss at POR 10/24 (Oct. 25, PHL time)
- 41 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in a 114-106 win at SAC 10/26 (Oct. 27, PHL time)
- 29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals in a 123-101 win vs. CLE 10/28 (Oct. 29, PHL time)
Cousins became the first player since Chris Webber (1/5/01) to have a game with 40 points, 20 rebounds and five assists, the first player since Bob McAdoo with 40 points on .500 shooting to go along with 20 rebounds and six assists, and the first player since Joe Barry Carrol (2/1/87) to have at least 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists in a game. Additionally, Cousins became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 35 points in each of his first two games against his former club, and the third player to have a 40-point, 20-rebound performance in a game against his former team, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone.
With his performance on 10/28 vs. CLE, Cousins became the ninth player in franchise history to record a triple-double, the seventh of his career. Furthermore, Cousins became the fourth player in NBA history to follow-up a 40-point, 20-rebound performance with a triple-double, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor.
Cousins is currently averaging 32.3 points (2nd in the NBA) on .504 shooting from the field, 13.8 rebounds (ranked 6th in the NBA) and 2.3 blocks (ranked 3rd in NBA) to go with 5.7 assists.