Tobias Harris, Nikola Jokic named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Nov 14, 2017 07:43 AM
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Detroit Pistons press release
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The NBA announced today that Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 7-13, 2017 (PHL time).
Harris, 25, averaged 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 49 percent (22-of-45) from the field and 64 percent (14-of-22) from beyond the arc to lead the Pistons to a 3-0 record for the week. Harris connected on four-plus three-pointers in each game while shooting better than 55 percent from behind the arc in all three games.
“I’m honored to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but this is truly a testament to how well we’ve been playing as a team,” Harris said. “My coaches and teammates put me in positions to succeed and this recognition is a result of the hard work we put in, as a group, during the offseason and training camp.”
Detroit has opened the season with the third-best record in the NBA at 10-3, including a league-best 7-1 at home. Harris leads the club in scoring at 20.1 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 51 percent (fifth in the NBA) from three-point range this season.
Denver Nuggets press release
The NBA has announced that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday Nov. 6th to Sunday Nov. 12th (Nov. 7-13, PHL time).
Jokić, drafted by Denver with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has kicked off the 2017-18 season averaging 17.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.46 steals through the first 13 games (all starts) of the year. Additionally, he is shooting 52.1 percent (86-of-165 FG) from the field, 42.6 percent (20-of-47 3FG) from the three-point arc and 88.9 percent (32-of-36 FT) from the free throw line.
Jokić started the second week of November by dropping a career-high 41 points (16-of-25 FG) against Brooklyn to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes of action. He became the first player since 1983-84 to post at least 41/12/5 in under 32 minutes. Jokić finished the week against the Thunder and Magic, posting a combined three double-doubles, averaging 22.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.30 steals and 1.00 block in 32.3 minutes per game.
Jokić becomes the 17th Nugget in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honors and the first since Ty Lawson on March 6th, 2013.