It was an eventful first week of NBA action, and on Monday afternoon, the NBA announced its selections for the “Player of the Week” honor in both conferences.
— NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2013
Beginning in the Western Conference, Minnesota PF Kevin Love is a more than deserving choice. Love led the T-Wolves to a 3-0 mark on the week, and is currently the leading scorer in the NBA (while being the 2nd-leading rebounder) at 29.7 points per game. Frankly, Love was a “no-brainer” selection in the wake of guys like Kevin Durant having slightly “off” weeks, but it was good to see him get the recognition that his play deserved.
In the East, Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams corralled the honor. Carter-Williams doesn’t have the single-best statistical resume in the conference, but his profile was helped by an incredible 22-point, 12-assist, 7-rebound, 9-steal performance against the Miami Heat in Philly’s upset win. In all likelihood, this will be the last “Player of the Week” honor for MCW this season, but he certainly earned it.
Both players were mentioned in our “MVP Power Rankings” post this morning, and while there is always room to quibble with this type of honor, there is no doubt that both Kevin Love and Michael Carter-Williams were deserving choices.