Villanueva, Paul Named T-Mobile Rookies of the Month
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2006 – Charlie Villanueva of the Toronto Raptors and Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
Paul, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, wins for the second consecutive month. He leads all rookies in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes, averaging 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 36.7 minutes during December. Paul ranks second overall in the NBA in steals and ninth in assists.
Here is a recap of the month for both Villanueva and Paul:
Charlie Villanueva, Toronto Raptors
Dec. 2 vs. Philadelphia: Scored 16 points and had nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals in an 88-86 win over the visiting 76ers.
Dec. 12 at Phoenix: Recorded 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 91-87 victory over the Suns.
Dec. 18 vs. San Antonio: Recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and added nine assists and five steals in an 89-76 win over the Spurs.
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