The NBA has named their Players of the Week from the week of December 31 through January 6. For the Eastern Conference, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks wins it for the second time this season. For the Western Conference, James Harden of the Houston Rockets also wins it for the second time this year.
Carmelo Anthony averaged an incredible 36.0 points in a three-game stretch last week. That week is highlighted by two games where he scored 40 points or more. Even though it was in a loss against Portland, Melo went for an awesome 45 points. He shot an efficient 14-24 from the field while making five three-pointers.
In a win against Orlando, he couldn’t be stopped. Melo went for 40 points, six rebounds, and six assists. The Knicks went 2-1 during that stretch. Carmelo Anthony, as mentioned, has won this Player of the Week award for the second time this season and is averaging a career-best 29.3 points per game, good for second in the league. The Knicks are also a half-game behind the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Anthony is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career.
On the other conference, James Harden has been incredible. He averaged 29.3 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.3 steals in a four-game stretch. The Houston Rockets went undefeated during that week and have won eight of their last ten games. Highlights in his week include a game in Milwaukee where he went for 29 points, seven assists, and four steals. And in a game against Cleveland, he didn’t shoot very well but he went for 29 points and an incredible seven steals.
Harden has won the Player of the Week award for the second time this season; he won the first Player of the Week award this season when he scored 37 and 45 points in his first two games with the Rockets. Houston is surprisingly sixth in the West right now. James Harden, who won Sixth Man of the Year last season, is averaging a career-high 26.4 points and is fifth in the league in scoring.
Congratulations to Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for winning Player of the Week for their respective conferences. Well-deserved for both individuals.