Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis deserve players of the week

NBA Analytics Network

There have been some incredible achievements in the NBA lately. Players achieve feats we’ve never seen before, outdoing each other almost every night. Normally something like the Player of the Week award isn’t something that draws too much attention, but this week, you really had to earn it with great game.

For the Western Conference it was none other than Luka Doncic who took home the prize. Doncic was an easy selection after the game he had against the New York Knicks as he took Dallas to a 126-121 overtime victory.

With 33 seconds left, the Mavericks trailed by nine points before making an improbable comeback. It was closed by Doncic getting the rebound from his own intentionally missed free throw and kicking the ball in in one move to tie things up.

He finished the game with 60 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, the first player in NBA history to reach those plateaus in one game. The Mavericks went down 3-0 this week and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. In those three games, Doncic averaged 48.7 points, 13 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game.

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In the Eastern Conference, Kristaps Porzingis took home the prize. He helped the Washington Wizards to a 4-0 record as they got things back on track after a rocky start to the season. They have now won five consecutive games and moved up to 10th place in the conference, retaining the final NBA Play-In Tournament spot.

Porzingis was dominant at both ends of the field for the Wizards, averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The last three wins during that stretch all came by at least 19 points as Washington blew out the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks.

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What makes this week’s award winners so interesting was the fact that Doncic and Porzingis were teammates. The Mavericks thought they had put together one of the best young duos in the NBA for years, but it just never clicked as well as they had hoped.

Injuries played a big role, as Porzingis was constantly in and out of the lineup. He’s been able to stay healthy for the Wizards, missing just four games so far this season; two of them were for an illness. What he accomplishes in Washington is what the Mavericks envisioned him to do for them in Dallas.

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