The NBA announced today that DeMarcus Cousins has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week. Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters won it for the Eastern Conference. Cousins had a terrific week, averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in four games last week. More importantly, the Kings won three of those four games and had a chance to win all of them. As NBA.com’s John Schumann pointed out in his weekly power rankings, each of Sacramento’s last five games have been within five points in the final five minutes (aka “the clutch”). Cousins took 31 of Sacramento’s 57 total shots in that time and made 51.6% of them. He was also the only King to get to the line in that time.
This is the fifth time DeMarcus Cousins has won weekly honors. Only Chris Webber, with seven times, has won it more as a Sacramento King.