After months of embarrassment and disappointment, the New York Knicks have improved their game tremendously. The National Basketball Association has awarded the play of the team’s best player, announcing that Carmelo Anthony has been named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week.
DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings won the Western Conferences’ Player of the Week award, another deserving player.
For the games played from January 6 through January 12, ‘Melo dazzled. He led the Knicks to a 3-0 record, averaging 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. The 29-year-old shot 50 percent from the three-point line during the week as well. Within that time span, the Knicks knocked off the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.
Cousins’ outings were just as impressive. The 23-year-old paced the Kings with 25 points and 12.7 rebounds, propelling his squad to a 3-0 mark in the week. This included a 20-point victory over the Orlando Magic and 44-point pounding against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Detroit’s Josh Smith, Los Angeles Clippers’ Darren Collison and Blake Griffin, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.