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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James named Kia Players of the Month

Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn named Kia Rookies of the Month; Nick Nurse, Taylor Jenkins named Coaches of the Month

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James have been named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Antetokounmpo, who has won three-straight Player of the Month awards this season, posted averages of 29.2 points, 13.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in just 30.0 minutes during the past month. James averaged 25.4 points, 10.4 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals over 13 games in January.

Both players were named captains for All-Star 2020 and they will select their squads during the All-Star Draft Show on TNT this Thursday.

Rookies of the Month

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant were named the Kia NBA Rookies of the Month for games played in January. Both players already took home the Rookie of the Month honors for October/November and December so far in 2019-20.

Nunn averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds over 11 games in the month of January. Morant posted averages of 17.5 points, 8.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 15 games for the Grizzlies.

Coaches of the Month

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins took home the honors for NBA Coaches of the Month for games played in January.

Over the course of the month, Nurse led the Raptors to a record of 12-3 while Jenkins guided the Grizzlies to a record of 11-4. At age 35, Jenkins is the youngest coach to win Coach of the Month since Lawrence Frank did it with the New Jersey Nets in April 2005.