In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the NBA announced today that DeMarcus Cousins has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week. This is the second time this season that Cousins has received this honor and the fourth time overall. Kemba Walker, whose team is in Sacramento tonight, won the award for the Eastern Conference.
From the press release:
SACRAMENTO, CA ---- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 3-0 record, averaging 36.0 points (.526 FG%, .667 3PT%, .722 FT%), 14.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 37.7 minutes per game.
Cousins recorded double-doubles in all three games including a career-high 48 points to accompany 13 rebounds in a 108-97 win over the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 23. He also tallied 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 112-93 road triumph against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 20. He became the first Kings player to record at least 108 points and 44 rebounds in a three-game span since Oscar Robertson tallied 109 points and 44 rebounds in 1961-62.
Currently this season, he is averaging a team-high and career-high 26.7 points (.447 FG%, .347 3PT%, .740 FT%), team-high 11.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, team-high 1.3 blocks and 33.7 minutes per game. Additionally, Cousins ranks third in the NBA in scoring, fourth in rebounds, and fourth in double-doubles with 25.
This marks the fourth instance in his career and second time this season that Cousins has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. The three previous occasions were Jan. 13, 2014, Nov. 24, 2014 and Nov. 16, 2015.
Cousins has been playing the best basketball of his career this month and should probably be considered a heavy favorite to win his first Player of the Month award even with some games left to go. Cousins will almost certainly be awarded his second All-Star berth on Thursday when the NBA reveals the All-Star reserves.
Right now, everything's coming up Boogie.