Hedo Turkoglu, Al Jefferson Named Players of the Week
Posted Jan 28 2008 2:53PM
NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2008 – The Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Al Jefferson today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27.
Turkoglu guided Orlando to a 3-1 week, including wins over Eastern Conference leaders Detroit and Boston. Leading the Magic in scoring in all four games, Turkoglu averaged 25.5 points on .492 shooting from the field and .500 shooting from three-point range. Turkoglu tallied a game-high 27 points, including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired in Orlando’s 96-93 win over Boston on Jan. 27.
Jefferson led the Timberwolves to a 3-1 week, averaging 28.8 points and 12.8 rebounds. Minnesota defeated three playoff teams from a year ago and its lone loss came by one point at Boston, owner of the NBA’s best record. Jefferson posted three point-rebound double-doubles, including a 40-point, 19-rebound effort in Minnesota’s 98-95 win over New Jersey on Jan. 27.
Here is a closer look at the week for Turkoglu and Jefferson:
Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton, Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut, New Orleans’ Peja Stojakovic and David West, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire, Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon, and Utah’s Deron Williams.