The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.
DeRozan paced the league in scoring (33.3 ppg) and added 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals as the Raptors went 3-0 for the week, extending their winning streak to five and clinching a playoff berth for the fourth straight season.
Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 33.0 points, 13.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.00 steals while shooting 48.5% from the floor. He had at least 20 points and 10 assists in all three games for the week and has done so 46 times this season.
The tandem of prolific guards have been rewarded for their work over the course of the last seven days from Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 26. It is also worth noting that both the Raptors and Rockets are headed to the postseason, thanks mostly to the play of DeRozan and Harden.
The 27-year-old DeRozan has made 66 appearances for the Raptors this season en route to 35.4 minutes per game. During that span, the veteran two-guard has averaged what would be a new single-season career-high 27.1 points per outing. He has also managed 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals per contest in 2016-2017..
On the other hand, another 27-year-old in Harden most recently led the Rockets to a perfect 3-0 record last week while averaging 33 points, 13.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds. Harden notably recorded at least 20 points and 10 assists in all three games during the latest week-long stretch and has now done so a whopping 46 times this season.
In 2016-2017, the first-year point guard is currently averaging 29.4 points, 11.3 assists and an even eight rebounds per game. Over the course of his 73 appearances thus far, Harden has averaged 36.5 minutes per contest as well.