Paul Millsap Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

David Vertsberger —  January 27, 2014 — 3 Comments

As announced by the NBA, Paul Millsap has been awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday January 20th to Sunday January 26th.

During said stretch Millsap played in four contests and averaged 21.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 2 blocks on 50.8% shooting from the field in just 31 minutes a game. The Hawks won 3 of their 4 games, with Millsap dominating in the wins over Miami, Orlando and Milwaukee. Atlanta’s lone loss was to San Antonio, who trumped the Hawks by 26.

This is Millsap’s first Player of the Week award, and the first award given to a Hawks player this season. He was able to beat out the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, who averaged 37.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this week (including a 62-point outing) and the Heat’s LeBron James, who averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 54.3% shooting from the field.

This award could hopefully mean that Millsap’s play in Horford’s absence is gaining recognition – which in theory could help in his All-Star bid. The Hawks haven’t sent a player to the All-Star game since the 2011-2012 season when Joe Johnson was on the team.

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3 responses to Paul Millsap Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

  1. Very good news, it appears he’s gotten out of his putrid offensive slump he suffered when Horford first went down. They seem like pretty similar players, really, only maybe Millsap is a little less strong and tenacious but with a 3 point threat that Al has yet to attain. I’d still rather have Horford if I had to pick one over the other, but they should be pretty close to how good they’d be if Millsap was the one that was injured and it was Horford at the 4 with a rotating cast at the 5.

  2. I forgot to ask – I don’t remember being so upset about it last year, but how in the WORLD did Horford not get into the ASG last year? He averaged a double-double, had better stats across the board than in his previous 2 seasons he was named to the ASG, and yet he didn’t get named. I don’t remember him being injured…anyone remember the reason he didn’t get in, or if it was the horrific snub that I’m remembering it being?

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  1. Hawks Notes: January 28th | HawksHoop - January 28, 2014

    […] Then January 1st happened and Teague’s season fell off a cliff. Meanwhile, Paul Millsap kept plugging away, producing, putting up monster numbers. Using ESPN.com’s positional designations, Millsap currently leads all Eastern Conference power forwards with 17.7 points per game, is 3rd with 8.2 rebounds per game, is 2nd to David West with 2.9 assists per game, is 2nd to Thaddeus Young with 1.7 steals per game, is 2nd to Taj Gibson with 1.2 blocks per game and is 3rd with 16 double-doubles. Long lists of accomplishments beget massive run-on sentences. Oh, he’s also the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week. […]

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