The NBA named their Players of the Week from the week starting January 28 and week ending February 3rd. The Eastern Conference has named a pretty unlikely player in Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls. For the Western Conference, they named David Lee of the Golden State Warriors with the award. It is the first time Robinson has won the award. As for the power forward Lee, it’s his second time this season.
Nate Robinson has taken advantage of the short-handed Chicago Bulls. In that four-game stretch, he averaged 17.8 points, 6.8 assists, and 2.5 steals. During that span, the Bulls went 3-1. In the last two games, he started for an injured Kirk Hinrich, who is having elbow problems. He had a double-double (12 points, 11 assists) in a loss against Brooklyn and went for 20 points and 8 assists in a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. As mentioned, this is Robinson’s first time winning the award this season.
David Lee had a monster week. He averaged 18.0 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists last week, coming close to a triple-double in each of those four games. The Warriors also won all four of those contests. Lee came the closest to that triple-double in a close victory against Dallas, when he went for 15 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists. Very impressive indeed for the second-time all-star.
Here’s also another tidbit about these two: both Nate Robinson and David Lee came into the NBA as New York Knicks. Robinson was picked 21st in the 2005 NBA Draft by Phoenix but was traded immediately to the Knicks. David Lee was picked 30th overall (the last in the first round) by the Knicks.
Robinson ended up with Chicago in the offseason after going on a bit of a journey around the league, making stops at Boston, Oklahoma City, and Golden State. Robinson and Lee were with the Warriors together last season. As for Lee, he was traded to the Warriors in the offseason of 2010 as the Knicks freed up cap room in hopes of signing LeBron James or other marquee free agents. New York ended up with Amar’e Stoudemire.
Congratulations to Robinson and Lee for winning the NBA Player of the Week honors.