Non-favored MVP candidate Dwight Howard wins NBA-high 6th Player of the Week Award
Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Mar. 21, through Sunday, Mar. 27. It marks the sixth time this season, which is an NBA-high (LeBron James-5; Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade-4), and the 17th time of his career that Howard has earned the league’s top weekly honor.
Howard led the Magic to a 3-0 week and helped push the team to its fifth consecutive victory, which is Orlando’s third longest winning streak of the season and is tied for the longest active winning streak in the Eastern Conference. Howard averaged 27.3 points (third in the East), an NBA-high 14.3 rebounds per game and shot .717 (27-of-38) from the field, which was also tops in the league. He also ranked first in the East in blocks (3.3 blkpg.) and second in steals per contest (2.3 stlpg.). Howard tallied double-doubles in each of the Magic’s three contests, extending his franchise record double-double streak to 30 games (Jan. 21-present) and led the team in scoring and rebounding in all three games.
It’s easy to point to these awards as amunition for Dwight in the MVP race, but it may not be fair.
Where is Derrick Rose in those Player of the Week awards (2 according to my count)? Well, his stats over the season have been pretty consistent… so maybe that has hurt him? For the same time frame that Dwight won the award this week, Rose was arguably better. Rose led his team to a 4-0 record against better competition and averaged 25.5 points per game and 10.5 assists both of which are above his season averages.
Bottom line: There is a lot of arguments for Dwight over Rose for MVP… don’t use this one.
Here is a recap of the week for Howard:
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Mar. 21 @ Cleveland: Posted 28 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and four steals in a 97-86 win over the Cavaliers.
Mar. 23 @ New York: Poured in 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in a 111-99 win at New York.
Mar. 25 vs. New Jersey: Tallied 21 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a 95-85 victory over the Nets.
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