DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings was named by the NBA on Monday as the Western Conference’s Player of the Week for Jan. 6-12.
Cousins put up three straight double-doubles while leading the Kings to three straight victories.
The fourth-year center out of Kentucky averaged 25 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game while leading Sacramento to home-court wins over Portland, Orlando and Cleveland.
He scored 35 points with 13 rebounds in the Kings’ 123-119 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday and followed that up with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 103-83 thumping of the Magic on Friday. In Sunday’s 124-80 pasting of the Cavaliers, Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds while playing just 30 minutes.
On the year, Cousins is averaging 23.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game—far and away the best season of his career so far. He was taken fifth overall by Sacramento in the 2010 NBA Draft and is considered a strong candidate to be selected for his first career All-Star Game.