Nikola Jokic set a Nuggets record on Monday when he was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the 11th time in his career.
The 27-year-old center averaged 34.8 points, 17.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists while shooting 67.1% from the field to lead Denver to a 3-1 record for the week of March 28 to April 3. Sunday’s win over the Lakers lifted the Nuggets into fifth place in the Western Conference.
For the season, Jokic is averaging career highs in points (26.8) and rebounds (13.7), and is eighth in the NBA with 8.0 assists per game. He also leads the NBA in triple-doubles (19) and with 76 in his career, he is two behind Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for sixth most in league history.
The honor pushes the All-Star center past Carmelo Anthony (10) into sole possession of most NBA weekly awards in franchise history. This is the second time this season the reigning league MVP has won the award. He was also the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for January.
Atlanta guard Trae Young won this week’s Eastern Conference honor. Coincidentally, Young also won the award the same week Jokic did earlier in the season.