The NBA has named their Players of the Week for the week of December 3 through December 9. The league has named Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks the Eastern Conference Player of the Week and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Smith led the now 12-5 Hawks to a 3-0 week with impressive averages of 21.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in that stretch. His week was highlighted with an outstanding performance in a road win against the Memphis Grizzlies; he scored 24 points off 10-17 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out four assists. The Hawks have actually won nine of their last ten games and Josh Smith’s great performances in the last seven days have earned him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.
Griffin has been excellent as well. He led the surging Los Angeles Clippers to a 4-0 week (bringing the current win streak to six total; the Clippers are now 14-6 for the year) and had averages of 23.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals during that four-game span. He actually only averaged 30.8 minutes last week because the bench has taken care of the opposition in the fourth quarter the last few games. But there’s no doubt that Blake gets them going. His top-flight dunks are still among the best (and will be for the next few years) in the league and his defense is steadily improving. It’s scary how Griffin can still improve.
It is the first time both players have won the Player of the Week honors. Smith is averaging 17.0 points, 8.4 boards, 3.6 assists, 2.1 blocks, and 1.5 steals for the season while Griffin has averages of 18.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Congrats to Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers for winning their respective conference’s Player of the Week awards.