Warriors forward David Lee has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 30, through Sunday, January 5, the NBA announced today.
In four games last week, Lee averaged 24.5 points (sixth in the conference), 10.5 rebounds (sixth) and 3.5 assists while shooting 67.2 percent from the field, leading the Warriors to a 4-0 week on the road and extending the team’s winning streak to nine games, their longest win streak in a single-season since 1975-76 (10 games). The Warriors have also won six consecutive on the road, including a 5-0 start to their season-long seven-game road trip, which is one win shy of their franchise record of seven-straight road victories set in 1968-69.
The 6-9 forward tallied at least 20 points and eight rebounds in all four contests during the week, becoming the only player in the league to do so in four consecutive games this season while shooting at least 55 percent in each game. Lee recorded his second 30-point/10-rebound game of the season on Jan. 2 at Miami and added another 20/10 game (his 11th of the year) on Jan. 5 at Washington. With 32 points and 14 rebounds in the win over the Heat, Lee became the first Warrior to tally those figures while shooting better than 75 percent since Rony Seikaly did so in 1994. Lee shot better than 75 percent while attempting at least 15 shots in consecutive games (Dec. 31 and Jan. 2), joining LeBron James as the only players to accomplish that feat this season.
The award is the fourth career weekly honor (third with the Warriors) for David Lee, who was named Player of the Week twice last season (for the weeks ending on Dec. 16, 2012, and Feb. 3, 2013). Lee also earned the Eastern Conference accolade on Feb. 1, 2009, as a member of the New York Knicks. This is the 31st time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979, making Lee the fourth player in franchise history to earn the award at least three times in a Warriors uniform, joining Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Baron Davis.
In 36 games this season, the eight-year veteran is averaging 19.0 points, 9.8 rebounds (T-11th in NBA) and 2.3 assists while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. Lee has helped the Warriors to a 23-13 record and a share of the Pacific Division lead, the latest into the season that the team has led the division since March 2, 1992. Dating back to last season, no player has more double-doubles than Lee’s 76.
Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young earned Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference.