The NBA has named their Players of the Week for the week starting January 14 and the week ending January 20. In the Eastern Conference, they gave it to the Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer, who has noticeably been hot as of late. Boozer is known for his inconsistencies, especially on defense, so this award definitely sticks out a lot more than usual. For the Western Conference? We have a repeat winner: it’s Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Carlos Boozer is going through one of the better stretches of his tenure in Chicago. In the last week, Boozer had averages of 23.0 points, 14.8 boards, and 3.3 assists in four games. He went off for 36 points and 12 rebounds in an overtime win against Toronto last Wednesday and then went for 19 points, 20 boards, and 4 assists in another overtime win against Boston last Friday. The Bulls went 3-1 during that stretch and Boozer has been one of the main reasons why the Bulls had been a little hot as of late. The former Duke Blue Devil is averaging 16.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season.
Kevin Durant, who was also Player of the Week last week, averaged a ridiculous 37.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in that four-game stretch. He had a 41-point performance against Phoenix last Monday. Durant also went off for a career-high 52 points against Dallas in a thrilling overtime win and had another excellent performance of 37 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists in an overtime loss against Denver. The Thunder went 3-1 in that stretch but their six-game winning streak was snapped last night against that Nuggets squad. This is the fourth time this season Kevin Durant has won the award.
Congratulations to Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder for winning Players of the Week for their respective conferences.