Jan 7, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) smiles as a call is reviewed during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins and Carmelo Anthony named NBA Players of the Week


Jan 7, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) smiles as a call is reviewed during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Every week, the NBA announces their “Player of the Week” honors on Monday afternoon, and this week, there were two extremely worthy choices.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins were bestowed with the honor for this past week, and each had a monumental campaign of games.

In the Eastern Conference, Anthony led the Knicks to a 3-0 mark while averaging 27.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, and that was enough to surpass guys like Lebron James and Paul George for top honors. In addition to the big-time counting stats, Anthony shot 50% from the 3-point line on the week, and that number came on 6 attempts per game to keep the Knicks floor-spreading offensive approach working.

DeMarcus Cousins’ performance in taking home the Western Conference honors was equally impressive. The big man from the University of Kentucky scored 25.0 points per game while pulling down 12.7 rebounds per game, and he led the suddenly resurgent Kings to a 3-0 mark that included a 20-point win over Orlando and a staggering, 44-point triumph over Cleveland on Sunday. Cousins is even generating some (faint) MVP buzz in recent days, and he’s been a revelation for his much-improved team.

Congratulations to both players!

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