Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard strengthened his Most Valuable Player candidacy even greater by winning the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week award for a league-high sixth time this season.
No player has nabbed the award more this season than Dwight, who led the Magic to a 3-0 mark last week with wins against Cleveland, New York and New Jersey. While Dwight has won six Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards, Miami’s LeBron James has won the award five times and Dwyane Wade has won it four times. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has won the Western Conference Player of the Week award four times.
Dwight averaged 27.3 points, 14.3 rebounds per game and shot .717 (27-of-38) from the field in three games last week. He also blocked 3.3 shots a game and swiped 2.3 steals per game.
Last week at Cleveland, Dwight had 28 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and four steals. He became the first player since legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon to record those numbers in 21 seasons. Olajuwon tallied 29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks, 10 assists and five steals on Mar. 3, 1990 in a victory over Golden State.
D-12 battered the Knicks for 33 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks last week. He also had 21 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals against the Nets. His three double-doubles last week extended his streak to 30 in a row, a stretch dating back to Jan. 21.