If only the NBA seeded its playoff teams by the number of Player of the Week awards won.
Monta Ellis won the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week award for the second time this season. The Bucks collectively have four such awards this season — split evenly between Ellis and Brandon Jennings — putting Milwaukee ahead of everyone except for Miami and Oklahoma City (five apiece).
Per the NBA’s press release:
Ellis led the Bucks to a 3-0 week with averages of 24.0 points (sixth in the conference), 9.0 assists (fourth in the conference) and a league-leading 5.0 steals. Ellis collected back-to-back six-steal games in road victories over the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 26, and the Houston Rockets on Feb. 27. In the win over the Rockets, Ellis, who led all scorers with 27 points, hit an off-balance three-pointer just before the final buzzer to secure the win.
Other Eastern Conference nominees included Miami’s LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, David West, and Carmelo Anthony.
To be sure, it’s a ridiculous award based on small sample sizes, but it’s better to win it than to not win it. Tweets from both sides of the spectrum today indicate as much. From the upper end:
Monta Ellis wins the LeBron James Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) March 4, 2013
to the bottom extreme:
— Wizards on RealGM (@Wizards_RealGM) March 4, 2013
So it’s better to win it than to not win it, even if it’s the most insignificant of significant achievements. Enjoy it until its short shelf life has passed.