For the 12th time in his illustrious seven-year NBA career, Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday.
This is the second-earliest that Dwight has ever won the award in a season, but the fourth time that he’s won the prestigious Player of the Week award in the season first full month. He won the award three times in the 2006-07 season, four times in the 2008-09 season and four times in the 2009-10 season.
Dwight averaged 23.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.67 blocks and also shot 58.5 percent from the floor in three wins versus Minnesota, New Jersey and Charlotte.
Had he played in the fourth quarter of last Wednesday’s lopsided win against Minnesota, Dwight would have almost assuredly recorded the second triple-double of his career. Still, he finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots in just 23 minutes of action. He was dominant throughout against New Jersey, scoring 30 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. And in the victory versus the Bobcats, Dwight had 22 points, grabbed eight boards and swatted two shots.
The four-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA pick is averaging 22.4 points, 11.4 and 3.0 blocked shots heading into Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. He ranks third in the NBA in blocks per game, seventh in rebounding and 13th in scoring.