NEW YORK, Dec. 2 –Emeka Okafor
of the Charlotte Bobcats and Devin Harris
of the Dallas Mavericks today were named the Eastern and Western Conference got milk? Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in November.
Okafor, the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, ranks first in double-doubles (7), second in scoring (13.5 ppg), second in rebounding (10.1 rpg), second in blocks (1.62 bpg) and sixth in field goal percentage (48.4%) among rookies. Okafor finished the month with five consecutive double-doubles (points-rebounds), recording a career-high 26 points against New Jersey on November 30 and a career-high 15 rebounds against Detroit on November 23.
Harris, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, has led the Mavericks to a 10-6 record as their starting point guard. He ranks second among rookies in assists (2.7 apg), second in steals (1.56 spg), sixth in scoring (8.6 ppg) and sixth in minutes (22.7 mpg). Harris leads the Mavericks in steals and is tied for thirteenth in the NBA, recording four or more steals in three games this season.
Here is a recap of the month for both Okafor and Harris:
Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
Nov. 21 @ Detroit: Had 15 points, ten rebounds and a career-high four blocks in a 117-116 loss to the Pistons.
Nov. 23 vs. Detroit: Recorded 22 points on 10-for-17 shooting and a career-high 15 rebounds in a 91-89 win over the Pistons.
Nov. 30 @ New Jersey: Led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while recording three blocks in a 99-86 loss to the Nets.
Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks
Nov. 6 vs. Memphis: Tallied 14 points, four steals, three assists and two steals in a 112-88 victory over the visiting Grizzlies.
Nov. 16 vs. Phoenix: Had 15 points, six assists and five steals in a 107-101 loss to the Western Conference-leading Suns.
Nov. 21 @ Denver: Led the Mavericks in scoring with 15 points, while recording five assists, four rebounds and four steals in a 110-82 loss to the Nuggets.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference got milk? Rookies of the Month were Boston’s Al Jefferson, Chicago’s Luol Deng, Los Angeles Clippers’ Quinton Ross, Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.
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.