Amar'e Stoudemire earned his second NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor after he averaged 33.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game and shot 58.8 percent from the floor in the three Knicks wins. The NBA follows a Monday-to-Sunday schedule, so the games that factored in were the Nets (Tuesday), Hornets (Friday) and Raptors (Sunday).
Stoudemire, who earned Player of the Week honors for the week ending Nov. 21, is the first Knick to earn multiple P.O.W. honors in the same season since Patrick Ewing was named three times during the 1992-93 season.
Of course it's very early in December, but let's point out now that Ewing is the last Knick to earn NBA Player of the Month honors (Jan. 1995, his last of five). As for MVP, well, it's been 40 years since the Knicks' only MVP, Willis Reed, in 1969-70.
I'm curious to see how Garden crowd receives Stoudemire tonight against the Timberwolves. Stoudemire has played like a legit MVP candidate, which the Knicks haven't had since Ewing set up office in the paint.
Stoudemire was selected over several star-level nominees, such as LeBron James, who had a huge homecoming performance in Cleveland on Thursday, plus Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett.
Russell Westbrook was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.