DENVER, Dec. 4, 2009 --
Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony
was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for October/November, the NBA announced tonight on ESPN’s KIA NBA Shootaround.
Anthony helped lead the Nuggets to a 12-5 record for the month, which was tops in the Northwest Division and tied for the third-best 17-game start in team history.
"I am honored to have been recognized for my contribution to the team so far,” Anthony said. “I'm feeling better than I ever have and I'm excited about what's ahead of us. We've gotten off to a good start, but this is just the beginning for us.”
During October/November, Anthony averaged a league-leading 31.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in 17 games played. He registered 30+ points 11 times and 40+ on three occasions, including a career-high 50 points (17-28 FG, 15-16 FT) to go along with six rebounds and five assists in a 128-125 win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 27 in Denver.
This is the third time in Anthony’s career that he has garnered this award, as he was also named Western Conference Player of the Month in March 2006 and April 2007. He is one of only three players in Nuggets history to have been honored as Player of the Month, with Alex English (three) and Fat Lever (once) being the others.
Ranked first in the NBA in scoring (31.0).
Scored 20+ points in all 17 games during October/November, setting a new team record for most consecutive 20-point performances to begin a regular season.
Registered 30+ points in 11 games during the month, including two games with 40+ and one with 50+.
Nov. 27 vs. New York: Erupted for a career-high 50 points (17-28 FG, 15-16 FT) to go along with six rebounds and five assists in a season-high 46 minutes. His 50 points are the most points scored by a Nugget since Allen Iverson had 51 vs. L.A. Lakers on 12/5/07. It is the ninth 50-point game in team history, while he becomes the seventh different player to score 50+ points as a Nugget.
Nov. 21 vs. Chicago: Tallied his second double-double of the season with 30 points, a season-high 11 rebounds and a season-high seven assists.
Scored his 11,000th career point at Chicago on 11/10, becoming the third youngest player in NBA history to reach the 11,000-point plateau (behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant).
Named Western Conference Player of the Week on 11/2 for games played from 10/27-11/1 after leading Denver to a 3-0 record while averaging 37.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 4.3 apg.
Nov. 1 vs. Memphis: Notched 42 points (15-26 FG, 11-12 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Oct. 29 @ Portland: Poured in 41 points (11-21 FG, 18-19 FT) to go along with six rebounds and three assists in the Nuggets road win.