Dwight Howard named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the 5th time
In a move that SHOULD help his MVP momentum, Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 27. It marks the fifth time this season, which is an NBA-high (LeBron James-4), and the 16th time of his career that Howard has earned the league’s top weekly honor. Your move, LeBron.
Howard led the Magic to a 2-1 week, averaging a league-high 30.3 points on .673 shooting (33-of-49). His 14.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks were tops in the Eastern Conference. On Feb 25, Howard scored 40 points, hauled in 15 rebounds and blocked six shots in Orlando’s win over Oklahoma City. He’s recorded 10 straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, which is the longest streak of his career. Howard has 200 career 20/10 games and 37 this season.
Here is a recap of the week for Howard:
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Feb. 23 vs. Sacramento: Posted 31 points and 17 rebounds in a 111-105 loss to the Kings.
Feb. 25 vs. Oklahoma City: Poured in 40 points to go along with 15 rebounds, six blocks and two steals in a 111-88 win over the Thunder.
Feb. 27 vs. Charlotte: Tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 100-86 victory over the Bobcats.
The Houston Rockets’ Kevin Martin was awarded the honor for the Western Conference. Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Miami’s LeBron James, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Phoenix’s Channing Frye and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.