BROOKLYN – The NBA announced today that Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 4. The honor is Durant’s fifth as a Net and the 31st Player of the Week award of his career.
Durant led Brooklyn to a 3-1 week, recording averages of 33.0 points (second among Eastern Conference players), 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks (tied for sixth in the East) in 38.3 minutes per contest (fourth in the East), while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (first among East players that registered 10.0 or more field goal attempts per game), 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line. He was one of four players in the East to average at least 30 points per game, one of just two players to average at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists for the week and the only player in the Eastern Conference this season to average 30 points per game on 65.0 percent shooting from the field in any four-game stretch. Durant began the week by registering a season-high 45 points (19-of-24 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes in a 109-102 win over the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. He followed up that performance by totaling 39 points (13-of-20 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from distance and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line), five rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes in a 113-107 home victory over the Washington Wizards. Durant then contributed 17 points (6-of-10 shooting from the field, 5-of-6 from the free-throw line), nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 38 minutes in a 114-105 win against the Toronto Raptors in Brooklyn. Durant wrapped up the week by posting 31 points (13-of-24 shooting from the field, 4-of-5 from the free-throw line), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes in a 103-92 home loss to the Boston Celtics.
Durant is one of 27 players in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honors and one of just two players to win the award five or more times as a Net, joining Jason Kidd (nine). Durant’s 31 Player of the Week honors are the third-most among all players since the award was introduced in the 1979-80 season, trailing only LeBron James (65) and Kobe Bryant (33).
Durant has appeared in all 25 of Brooklyn’s games this season, recording averages of 29.9 points (sixth in the league), 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks (career-high-tying and sixth in the league) in 36.9 minutes per game (third in the league), while shooting 55.3 percent from the field (career high), 33.9 percent from 3-point range and 91.8 percent from the free-throw line (career high and fourth in the league).