With a humble five-game winning streak comes an embarrassment of (individual award) riches. Who’da thunk it?
The NBA named Drew Gooden as its Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week beginning March 12 and ending March 18. Gooden led the Bucks to a 3-0 record, while averaging 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists. He started with a 23-point effort in New Jersey. Then he notched a triple-double against one of his (eight) ex-teams, the Cavaliers, and followed it up with a double-double in his hometown of Oakland.
He also garnered 8 turnovers and played some terrific defense in a game where he helped limit Kris Humphries to 31 points.
At this point, the Bucks are stacking up Player of the Week awards like firewood. Last week’s winners of the award were Ersan Ilyasova for the Eastern Conference and Monta Ellis (as a Warrior) for the Western Conference. That’s right, THREE Player of the Week awards in TWO weeks.
(The NBA remembers that Milwaukee is a small market, right?)