DeRozan, Westbrook named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Dec 27, 2017 07:49 AM
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Toronto Raptors press release
The National Basketball Association announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that DeMar DeRozan has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 18-24 (Dec. 19-25, PHL time). This marks the seventh time DeRozan has earned the honor during his nine seasons in Toronto. He was also named East Player of the Week for games played Nov. 13-18 earlier this season.
DeRozan averaged 34.0 points (third in the NBA), 4.3 assists and 4.0 assists in three games last week, while shooting .571 (32-for-56) from the field and .650 (13-for-20) from three-point range. He began the week by recording a team-high 28 points and eight assists during Toronto’s 129-111 victory Dec. 20 (Dec. 21, PHL time) at Charlotte. The next night DeRozan set career highs with 45 points and six three-pointers to help the Raptors rally from a 22-point deficit for a 114-109 win Dec. 21 (Dec. 22, PHL time) at Philadelphia. He finished the week leading the team with 29 points and shot 4-for-7 from three-point range as the Raptors won their 10th consecutive home game 102-86 Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time) vs. Philadelphia.
DeRozan, a native of Compton, California, currently ranks ninth in the NBA averaging 24.9 points through 31 games. The three-time NBA All-Star was selected ninth overall by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft and is the franchise’s all-time leader in career points (12,227), field goals made (4,339), free throws (3,283) made and games played (626). Toronto currently ranks first the Eastern Conference with a 23-8 (.742) and will continue its season today in Dallas.
Oklahoma City Thunder press release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 18-24 (Dec. 19-25, PHL time), it was announced today by the National Basketball Association.
Westbrook helped lead the Thunder to a perfect 4-0 week while posting averages of 29.8 points on .598 percent shooting (49-82 FGs) to go along with 9.0 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.50 steals in 34.5 minutes. Westbrook’s triple-double on Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time) at Utah represented the 11th of the season (OKC 9-2 in those games) and the 90th of his career.
Westbrook led the NBA in loose balls recovered (13) during the week while ranking tied for second with Paul George in deflections (24). During the four straight wins in which Oklahoma City prevailed by an average of 11.5 points, Oklahoma City posted a 100.5 defensive rating with Westbrook in the game (would rank first in the NBA if maintained throughout the entire season).
Westbrook has now been named the Western Conference Player of the Week on 16 occasions during his career.