It has been quite the week for the Charlotte Bobcats.
After coming from behind to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-94, the Bobcats went over .500 with a record of 39-38 and clinched a playoff berth.
The biggest reason for their success has been the offseason signing of big man Al Jefferson.
On Monday, the NBA rewarded Jefferson for his play, naming him the league’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Jefferson averaged 24.3 points on .481 shooting (39-81), 13.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assist in 37.1 minutes for the week. He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in rebounding and fourth in scoring and was the only player in the conference to average at least 24.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.
Jefferson was the only player in the Eastern Conference to post three games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the week, with 25 points and 10 rebounds on Monday against Washington, 29 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday at Philadelphia and 24 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday’s playoff-clinching win at Cleveland.
On the season Jefferson is averaging 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.