December 2015 Basketball Wiretap

Marcin Gortat, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week

Dec 28, 2015 4:51 PM

Marcin Gortat and Russell Westbrook have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 27.

Gortat led the Wizards to a 3-0 week behind averages of 21.3 points (tied-fifth in the East), 11.7 rebounds (tied-sixth in the conference) and 1.67 blocks (10th in the conference). He posted two point-rebound double-doubles, including a 27-point, 16-rebound effort during a 113-99 win over the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 21.  On Dec. 26, Gortat posted 25 points and seven rebounds during a 111-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets, which helped the Wizards improve to 14-14 on the season.

Westbrook helped the Thunder to a 3-1 week behind averages of 28.0 points (second in the West), 8.8 assists (fourth in the conference), 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals (tied-first in the conference).  He tallied two 30-point games, a six-steal game and a 12-assist game.  On Dec. 27, Westbrook fell one rebound shy of his fourth triple-double of the season when he posted 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in a 122-112 win over the Denver Nuggets.

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Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 21, 2015 3:11 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Reggie Jackson have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Jackson averaged 29.3 points (first in the Eastern Conference), 6.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists (second in the Eastern Conference) in leading the Pistons to a 2-1 record for the week against three teams with above .500 records.  He shot 46% from the field, 38% from behind the arc and 83% from the free-throw line. 

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Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 14, 2015 3:20 PM

Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

DeRozan was the leading scorer in three of Toronto’s four victories last week, posting averages of 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Durant led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 record behind averages of 27.3 points (third in the league), 8.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists (ninth in conference), and 1.8 steals. He shot 59.7 percent from the floor (fourth in the conference) while scoring 30 or more points in two games and was 26-of-27 (96.3 percent) from the foul line. 

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Stephen Curry, Reggie Jackson Named Players Of The Week

Dec 7, 2015 3:32 PM

Stephen Curry and Reggie Jackson have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

Jackson led the Pistons to a 4-0 week behind averages of 27.0 points (fourth in the conference), 8.8 assists (second in the conference), 3.0 rebounds and 1.75 steals. Jackson shot 56.9 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from three-point range and 89.3 percent from the foul line. He scored 20 or more points in each contest, and eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice. During a 127-122 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 2, Jackson scored 34 points and dished out a season-high 16 assists.

Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 week, with all wins coming on the road, behind a league-best 34.5 points. Curry, who also averaged 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds, scored 25 or more points in each contest, and twice reached the 40-point plateau. On Dec. 5, Curry connected on 9-of-15 three-point field goals en route to a game-high 44 points as the Warriors topped the Toronto Raptors 112-109.

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Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Rookies Of The Month

Dec 3, 2015 3:03 PM

Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for November.

Towns was the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, while Porzingis went fourth.

Towns averaged 13.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

Porzingis averaged 14.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

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Stephen Curry, Paul George Named Players Of The Month

Dec 3, 2015 3:00 PM

Stephen Curry and Paul George have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.

Curry averaged 30.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

George averaged 29.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

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Luke Walton, David Blatt Named Coaches Of The Month

Dec 1, 2015 3:24 PM

Luke Walton and David Blatt have been named the NBA's Coach of the Month for games played in October and November.

Walton has led the Golden State Warriors to a 19-0 record, though the wins count for Steve Kerr.

Blatt led the Cavaliers to the best record in the East during October/November at 13-4 (.765). During that span, the Cavs averaged an Eastern Conference-best 103.1 points and surrendered just 96.5 points, en route to posting the best differential in the conference at +6.6 points per game. 

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