Gordon, J.R. Smith named "got milk?" March
Rookies of the Month
NEW YORK, April 1 –Ben Gordon
of the Chicago Bulls and J.R. Smith
of the New Orleans Hornets today were named the Eastern and Western Conference got milk? Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
Gordon is honored with Eastern Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for the third consecutive month. He averaged 17.6 points on 39.5% shooting, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in an 11-7 month for the Bulls. Gordon scored a career-high and NBA rookie-high 35 points in the Bulls’ win at Charlotte on March 30, with 22 of his points coming in the fourth quarter. He also recorded over 20 points in eight games, over 30 points in one game and scored in double figures in 17 of 18 games in March.
Smith is the Western Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for the third consecutive month, averaging 16.8 points on 44.9% shooting, 2.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.07 blocks during March, and has averaged 22.4 points over the last five games. Smith’s scoring average this month is double his January scoring average and 2.2 more points per game than he scored in February. In a March 26 win over Memphis, Smith recorded a career-high of 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.
Here is a recap of the month for Gordon and Smith:
Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
March 19 at Philadelphia: Scored 22 points and had three rebounds in a 100-97 victory over the 76ers.
March 30 at Charlotte: Had a career-high and rookie-high 35 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in a win over the Bobcats.
March 31 vs. Cleveland: Recorded 21 points, career-high eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 102-90 overtime win over the Cavaliers.
J.R. Smith, New Orleans Hornets
March 21 at Dallas: Scored a then career-high 27 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the free throw line, and added three assists in a 103-86 loss to the Mavericks.
March 23 at Minnesota: Recorded 20 points, a career-high seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 107-102 loss to the Timberwolves.
March 26 at Memphis: Scored a career-high 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting, connecting on 6-of-9 from 3-pt range, while recording two rebounds and two steals in a 96-85 win over the Grizzlies.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference got milk? Rookies of the Month were Atlanta’s Josh Childress, Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Chicago’s Ben Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers’ Quinton Ross, New Jersey’s Nenad Krstic, Orlando’s Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard, Portland’s Sebastian Telfair and Seattle’s Nick Collison.
The got milk? Milk Mustache campaign is sponsoring the NBA Rookie platform to highlight the importance of milk's bone-building calcium and eight other essential nutrients for active people, teens especially, who add about 15 percent of their height during these years. The platform includes the ‘got milk?’ Rookie Challenge, the ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Month awards, the ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Year award and the ‘got milk?’ All-Rookie Team.