Drummond, Harden named NBA Players of the Week
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Detroit Pistons press release
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The NBA announced today that Pistons center Andre Drummond was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Drummond led the Pistons to a 3-0 record by averaging 19.3 points (64% FG), 19.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.7 blocks in 34.0 minutes per game. He recorded three double-doubles, including two 20-point/20-rebound games and shot better than 70% from the field in two-of-three games. Drummond recorded 23 points, 20 rebounds, four steals and four blocks vs. Miami (2/3) to become the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (12/22/89) to post such numbers in a game. He recorded three-plus steals in all three games and three-plus blocks in two games.
Named an NBA All-Star for the second time in his career in 2018, Drummond is averaging 15.0 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds, a career-high 3.8 assists, a career-high 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks in a career-high 33.1 minutes per game this season. He also ranks first in the NBA in total rebounds (752), second in offensive rebounds per game (5.0), second in defensive rebounds per game (10.3) and fourth in double-doubles (36). This season, Drummond has recorded six games with 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds and has grabbed 20-plus rebounds in 10 games.
The ninth overall pick by the Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond has averaged 13.5 points, 13.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks and 30.1 minutes per game in 434 career NBA games.
Houston Rockets press release
HOUSTON – Today, the NBA announced that James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 4 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5, PHL time). It is the fourth time this season and the 17th time in his career that Harden has received Player of the Week honors, all coming as a member of the Rockets.
Harden helped lead the Rockets to a 3-0 mark for the week, while averaging 34.7 points, 10.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.33 steals. Houston outscored opponents by an average 16.7 points for the week, despite being without Chris Paul for a game, Trevor Ariza for all three games, and Eric Gordon for most of the week.
Last Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Orlando, Harden had a career-high 60 points along with 11 assists and 10 rebounds to record the first 60-point triple-double in NBA history. He also broke Calvin Murphy’s franchise single game record of 57 points set on March 18, 1978.
For the season, Harden is averaging a career-high 31.2 points, 9.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.84 steals. He is looking to become the first player to average at least 30.0 points, 9.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.70 steals in a single season since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74. Harden is also 11 points shy of 15,000 for his career.
Harden leads the NBA in scoring and ranks third in assists after finishing second in scoring and first in assists in 2016-17. He is on pace to join Moses Malone (31.1 ppg in 1981-82) as the only players to have averaged at least 30.0 ppg in a single season. Harden also leads the NBA in three-pointers made with 177, which is the third-highest total through the first 51 games of a season in NBA history.
The Rockets have won 11 of their past 13 games and are 38-13 overall this season. That is tied for the best record through the first 51 games of a season in franchise history (1993-94). Houston is 22-1 when Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela all play together and is outscoring opponents by an average of 14.1 point in those games.