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Kristaps Porzingis named Western Conference Player of the Week

The Mavericks’ center is playing his best basketball of the season.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic isn’t the only Dallas Mavericks player that will claim Western Conference Player of the Week honors this season. Teammate Kristaps Porzingis was just named the player of the week for the week of February 24 through March 1.

During that time, Porzingis led the Mavs’ attack and averaged 26.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. He helped Dallas post a 3-1 record in what was mostly a road trip through the Eastern Conference.

His best performance came against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, March 1. He totaled 38 points—hitting six three-pointers—13 rebounds, and added five blocks in Dallas’ commanding 111-91 win.

Porzingis is averaging 19.2 points, a career-high 9.4 rebounds, and two blocks in his first full season with the Mavericks. Although there have been some growing pains as he works to return to full strength after sustaining an ACL tear in 2018, it appears that he’s feeling better. His numbers certainly attest to it.

As mentioned, Doncic also earned POW earlier this season. Doncic and Porzingis are the first pair of Mavericks players to win Player of the Week since Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis did so in back-to-back weeks in April 2014.

This is Porzingis’ first Western Conference Player of the Week award. He won in the Eastern Conference in 2017.