When you drop a career-high 36 points against LeBron James, people notice.
That’s the thing, when the Toronto Raptors are doing this well, Lou Williams earning the nod as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games ending Nov.23. Not only did he hang 36 on the Cavaliers, he averaged 23.7 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from 3-point land in three Raptor victories.
In his second season following ACL surgery, Williams is finding the groove and the shot that once made him one of the league’s premier sixth men. In 13 games, he’s averaging 13.4 points in just 19.4 minutes, ranking sixth in the league in points per minute.
In the West, it was DeMarcus Cousins has been proving a point in his early-season dominance, earning Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career. In two wins and a loss, Cousins averaged 25.7 points, 16.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.7 blocks while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor.
The crazy part about those numbers is that they are par for the course these days for Bookie. Through 13 games, Cousins is averaging 23.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 blocks, ranking among the league leaders with a 27.8 player efficiency rating. He’s an early MVP candidate for the surprising 8-5 Kings.