Jokic, Walker named NBA Players of the Week

NBA.com Global on Oct 23, 2018 07:47 AM
Jokic, Walker named NBA Players of the Week
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Denver Nuggets press release

Denver – The NBA has announced that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Tue Oct. 16th to Sunday Oct. 21st (Oct. 17-22, PHL time).

Jokić becomes the first player to win the award in the 2018-19 season and has now earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors three times in his career, also doing so twice last season.

Jokić, 23, averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.00 blocks while helping the Nuggets start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. He also shot .632 from the field and .500 from three during this stretch. He became the first player ever to record a 30+ point triple-double on 11 or fewer FG attempts. Jokić also joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in NBA history to post a 30+ point triple-double and be perfect from the field.

Jokić started the week by registering 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes of action in a season opening win on the road over the Clippers on Oct. 17th (Oct. 18, PHL time). He then recorded his 17th triple-double of his career with 35 points (11-11 FG), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and one block in the home opening win over Phoenix on Oct. 20th (Oct. 21, PHL time). He capped off the week with his second double-double of the season and third straight 20+ point game, tallying 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists beating the Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back on Oct. 21st (Oct. 22, PHL time).

Jokić becomes the sixth player in franchise history to win the award three or more times, joining Alex English, Dikembe Mutombo, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups.

Charlotte Hornets press release

The NBA announced today that Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Tuesday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 (Oct. 17-22, PHL time). This is Walker’s sixth career Player of the Week, breaking a tie with Gerald Wallace for the most franchise history, as Wallace earned five between 2005 and 2010.

During the week, Walker, who led the Hornets to a 2-1 record, ranked first in the NBA in points per game (35.3) and three-point field goals per game (6.3). He also averaged 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, and shot .487 percent from the field, .500 percent from the three-point line and .765 percent from the free throw line during the week. Walker’s 41 points on opening night is the only 40-plus point game in the NBA so far this season.

With 41 points, four assists and two steals against the Bucks on Oct. 20, Walker recorded his 10th 40-point game of his career, tying Glen Rice for the franchise record for 40-point games. He tallied 26 points, including five made three-point field goals, and five assists in the Hornets 32-point road win over the Magic on Oct. 19 (Oct. 20, PHL time). Walker notched 39 points, seven assists and five rebounds including the go-ahead free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock of a 113-112 road win against the Heat on Oct. 20 (Oct. 21, PHL time).

The two-time NBA All-Star set the NBA record for most three-point field goals through the first three games of a season with 19 (previously held by Danilo Gallinari with 18 in 2009-10) and became the first player in NBA history to make five or more three-point field goals in each of the first three games of a season. Walker’s 41-point performance on opening night was the highest scoring opening night in Charlotte franchise history and was just the second opening night performance of 40 or more points and five or more three-point field goals in NBA history (Stephen Curry, Golden State). Walker’s three consecutive games with five or more three-point field goals ties Dell Curry for the longest such streak in franchise history.

The all-time leading scorer in Hornets history, Walker scored his 10,000th career point during the third quarter of Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) win over Miami, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach the milestone.

The following chart details Walker’s statistics from the week:

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