INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has been named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the 54th time during his brilliant 14-year career.
James, 31, has led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-0 start, averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 assists (third in the East) and 8.3 rebounds.
In the team’s opener against the New York Knicks, James recorded a triple-double, with 19 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. During an Eastern Conference Finals rematch against the Toronto Raptors a few nights later, the Cavs’ first road game of the season, James tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 94-91 win.
James is second on the team in scoring and rebounds. He leads the Cavaliers in assists.
“That’s what makes us dangerous,” Kyrie Irving said Monday when asked about James taking a step back in scoring early. “I’m pretty sure we will see LeBron go for a LeBron-like game, not to say that he’s not doing that right now, but he doesn’t necessarily need to do it right now. He’s playing extremely aggressive when he needs to, picking and choosing his spots and I think we’re all doing a great job of that. Finding areas in the offense where we can all be efficient and when our plays are called just trying to knock them down for one another.”
Irving was also nominated for Player of the Week honors, joining Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Boston’s Avery Bradley, Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as guys James beat out.
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook took the honor in the Western Conference after averaging a triple-double, with 38.7 points, 11.7 assists and 12.3 rebounds. He is the first player in NBA history to tally at least 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists through his team’s first three games.
Oklahoma City has started the season with three straight wins despite Kevin Durant’s off-season departure.