Al Jefferson Named NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week

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SALT LAKE CITY (April 1, 2013) – The NBA announced today that Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, March 25, through Sunday, March 31. This is the fifth Player of the Week award for Jefferson in eight-plus NBA seasons and the second as a member of the Jazz.

Jefferson previously won the Western Conference Player of the Week award as a Jazzman on April 23, 2012, also taking honors with the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 4, 2009 and January 27, 2008, and was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award with Boston on March 4, 2007.

The 6-10, 289-lb. center averaged 19.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.25 steals and 1.50 blocks for the week while leading the Jazz to a perfect 4-0 record, as the team competes for a playoff spot. During the week, Utah earned wins vs. Philadelphia (3/25), Phoenix (3/27), at Portland (3/29) and vs. Brooklyn (3/30) by an average of 12.5 points per game.

In 70 games (all starts) overall on the season, Jefferson is averaging a team-leading 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds, along with 2.1 assists, 1.00 steal and 1.16 blocks per game.

Here is a closer look at the week for Jefferson:

  • March 25 vs. Philadelphia: Scored 12 points to go along with nine rebounds in just 18 minutes in a 107-91 wire-to-wire win over Philadelphia.
  • March 27 vs. Phoenix: Posted 25 points, nine rebounds, two steal s and two blocks as the Jazz defeated Phoenix, 103-88.
  • March 29 at Portland: Totaled 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks as the Jazz overcame a 14-point third quarter deficit to win, 105-95.
  • March 30 vs. Brooklyn: Totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks as the Jazz won, 116-107.

Jefferson is the seventh player in Jazz history to win multiple Player of the Week awards, and it is the 51st such award in franchise history. He joins Karl Malone (23 times), John Stockton (six), Adrian Dantley (five), Carlos Boozer (four), Deron Williams (three) and Andrei Kirilenko (twice). Jefferson’s April 23, 2012 award had been the most recent by a Jazzman. The award, which has been given weekly since the 1979-80 season, was originally the NBA Player of the Week before splitting into Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week in 2001-02.

New York’s J.R. Smith was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Jeff Green, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Tobias Harris, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.