The NBA has named their Players of the Week for week starting December 24th and week ending December 30th. It’s not the usual names you’re used to seeing.
For the Eastern Conference, it is the guy that “have it all” that won the award, Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks. For the Western Conference, it’s a name that’s even less prominent; it was Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets.
Ellis averaged 21.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 4.0 steals in a three-game stretch. The Bucks went 2-1 during that span and they fell two points short against the Pistons when his potential game-tying runner was off. His performance against the Brooklyn Nets definitely stood out when he had 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and six steals in a 15-point victory. This is Monta’s first time winning the award. I guess for one week, he is correct. Ellis mentioned recently that he is just as good as Dwyane Wade only without the wins and the rings. Thanks for the entertainment, Monta. You’re hilarious but I won’t deny your talent. Even if you’re not as good as Dwyane Wade.
Vasquez was a pick that was relatively out of nowhere. The Hornets haven’t done well at all this season; they are last in the Western Conference with a record of 7-23. But New Orleans has won two out of three in the last week under Vasquez’s guidance at point guard. Vasquez averaged 21.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 10.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in a three-game stretch. He was one rebound short of a triple-double in an overtime loss against Toronto on Friday as he went for 20 points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists. Not bad for a late first-round pick, eh? While Austin Rivers continues to learn the ropes off the bench, Vasquez is doing a fine job starting for the Hornets. Hopefully, they get better as the Hornets (soon to be Pelicans) core plays more together. Vasquez is also a first-time Player of the Week award-winner.
Congratulations to Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks and Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets for winning the Player of the Week award for their respective conferences.