Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo named Players of the Week
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named the Player of the Week for the Western Conference, and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo earned the honor for the Eastern Conference, the NBA announced Monday (via Twitter).
Lillard’s Blazers only played three games during the week of Nov. 15-21 but won all three. The All-NBA guard averaged 28.3 PPG and 8.3 APG in victories over Toronto, Chicago and Philadelphia, racking up 39 points in Friday’s game vs. the Sixers. He beat out fellow Western Conference nominees Deandre Ayton, Jordan Poole and Karl-Anthony Towns (Twitter link).
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks also enjoyed a 3-0 week, with Giannis putting up eye-popping averages of 33.3 PPG, 16.0 RPG, 5.0 APG and 2.7 BPG against the Lakers, Thunder and Magic. His week included a 47-point outburst vs. Los Angeles and a 32-point, 20-rebound showing vs. Orlando.
The two-time MVP won the award over a crowded field of Eastern Conference nominees including LaMelo Ball, Jimmy Butler, Clint Capela, DeMar DeRozan, Darius Garland, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Jayson Tatum.