LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers received the league’s weekly honor Monday after both led their teams to perfect records.
Big men Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs were named NBA Players of the Week on Monday.
Forwards LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets were named NBA Players of the Week on Monday.
It was the all-time record 38th Player of the Week award for James, who won for the Eastern Conference. He led the Heat to a 3-1 mark, posting double-doubles in points and rebounds in all four games. He averaged 21.0 points, 11.0 boards and 6.0 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field.
It was the first Player of the Week award for Faried, who won for the West. He powered the Nuggets to a 4-0 week after an 0-3 start by averaging 16.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field. Faried had three double-doubles.
Other candidates included New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.
Harden, who received a maximum five-year, $80 million extension from the Houston Rockets after being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, won for the Western Conference. Called a “foundational player” upon his arrival in Houston, Harden began living up to that billing by averaging 35.3 points and leading the Rockets to a 2-1 mark.
Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a season-opening win at Detroit and followed that with a career-high 45 in a win at Atlanta. It was the most points by any player in his first two games with a team in league history.
Jennings, who will become a restricted free agent this summer after failing to receive an extension from the Milwaukee Bucks, was the Eastern Conference winner. The Bucks won both their games, and Jennings was a big reason why.
Jennings averaged 17.0 points and league bests of 13.0 assists and 4.0 steals. He also drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Milwaukee a 105-102 victory over Cleveland on Saturday.
Both Harden and Jennings are in Chris Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, which debuted earlier today.
Other nominees were New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Miami’s Chris Bosh, Orlando’s Glen Davis, Golden State’s Carl Landry, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.