Andrew Bogut Named NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week
The National Basketball Association announced today that Bucks center Andrew Bogut has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the games played March 8 through March 15.
Last week, the Bucks went 3-0, defeating Boston, Utah and Indiana all at the Bradley Center to extend Milwaukee's winning streak to six games. During the three-game stretch, Bogut led the team with 19.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots. He added 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 37.2 minutes per game. Bogut recorded a double-double in all three games, including a 25-point, 17-rebound night in the Bucks 86-84 win over Boston. He also added a game-high four blocks and went 5-5 from the line against the Celtics. Bogut has a team-leading 32 double-doubles on the season, which ties him for eighth in the league.
Bogut had two games (vs. Indiana and vs. Utah) with four blocks and the Bucks improved to 13-2 when he has four or more rejections in a game. In the Utah game, the Bucks were up 91-87 with 13.4 seconds left and Bogut blocked a Carlos Boozer layup attempt to help seal the 95-87 Milwaukee victory. He has blocked a shot in a franchise-record 30 consecutive games, which is also the longest current blocks streak in the NBA. With a career-high 148 blocks on the season, Bogut has the most of any Bucks player since Ervin Johnson swatted 158 shots during the 1997-98 season.
Aside from his 25-point performance against Boston, Bogut also put up 17 points against Indiana, improving the Bucks to 21-5 when he scores 17 or more. The Bucks are also 15-3 when he scores 20 or more and 12-1 when he scores at least 20 points and grabs 10 or more rebounds.
On the season, Bogut is averaging 16.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field. He ranks second in the league in blocks, is tied for seventh in rebounds and tied for 17th in field goal percentage. Bogut is also just one of two players in the league (along with Dwight Howard) averaging at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
This is the first weekly award for Bogut. Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings received the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award earlier this season (November 9 through November 15), making this the first time two Bucks players were honored in a season since Mo Williams and Michael Redd both won during the 2006-07 season (Michael Redd won the award twice).
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