For the 18th time in his stellar eight-year NBA career, Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
It’s the first time this season that Dwight has won the award. He won it a NBA-most six times last season. He captured the award four times in 2009-10, four times in 2008-09 and three times in 2006-07.
For games played Monday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 22, Dwight averaged 19.5 points, 18.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 blocks as Orlando went 3-1.
He had 25 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and four blocks last Tuesday against Charlotte. On Wednesday against San Antonio, Dwight compiled 24 points and a season-high 25 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. And last Friday against the Lakers, Dwight registered 21 points and 23 rebounds in a Magic victory.
For the season, Dwight ranks first in the NBA in rebounding (16.1 rpg.), third in field goal percentage (.575) and fifth in blocks (2.33 bpg.).
The Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol was named the Player of the Week for the Western Conference.