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.