LeBron James continues to remind people just what a special player he is. Sure, he could have taken his time at the beginning of this NBA season to get back into the swing of things after such a hectic summer. But LeBron is really taken his game into another gear lately and the NBA has seen fit to reward his effort with his third Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor so far this season.
This marks the 40th time James has earned Player of the Week accolades in his career, the most times a player has earned the honors in NBA history. It also marks the 42nd time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 14th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT.
From the Heat press release:
James led the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 record, averaging 25.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.67 blocks while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range. He posted a double-double while leading the team in rebounds in all three games and topped Miami in scoring, assists, blocks and minutes twice each. James has now scored at least 20 points in each of the first 24 games of the season, a new career-best to start a season and matching the longest such streak in the NBA since Karl Malone accomplished the feat 24 times during the 1989-90 season. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 443 consecutive games, including 165 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James started the week off posting a 22-point, 11-assist double-double, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking a game-high four shots, all without committing a single turnover in a 103-92 win vs. Minnesota on December 18. He has now posted a 20-point, 10-assist, no turnover game five times in his career and is the first player to record a 22-point, 11-assist, seven-rebound, four-block, turnover less game since Chris Mullin in 1995. Then in Dallas on December 20, he scored a game-high 24 points, including a first quarter season-high 13 points, while tallying a team-high nine rebounds, five assists and a block in the 15-point, 110-95, win. He then capped off the week posting a game-high 30 points, his sixth 30-point game this season, a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high seven assists to help capture the 105-89 win vs. Utah on December 22.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks fifth in scoring (25.4), 10th in assists (6.8), 10th in field goal percentage (.542), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.442), 15th in minutes (37.5) and tied for 17th in rebounds (8.5).
Dec. 18 vs. Minnesota: Tallied 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four blocks in a 103-92 win over the Timberwolves.
Dec. 20 @ Dallas: Posted 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 110-95 victory over the Mavericks.
Dec. 22 vs. Utah: Posted 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a 105-89 win over the Jazz.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul was also named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 17, through Sunday, December 23.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Houston's James Harden, Indiana's David West, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, New York's Carmelo Anthony, Portland's J.J. Hickson and Toronto's Jose Calderon.