Take it away, Bucks PR staff:
The National Basketball Association announced today that Bucks forward Drew Gooden has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 12-18. The honor is the first of Gooden’s career and follows Ersan Ilyasova’s win from last week, marking the first time two Bucks players have been awarded Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks since Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2006, when Mo Williams and Michael Redd each won. Gooden recorded his second career triple double against Cleveland last Wednesday with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high tying 13 assists. Gooden and LeBron James are the only front-court players to tally 13 assists in one game this season.
Over the three games played by the Bucks last week, Gooden averaged 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
The knock on Gooden has always been that he’s a guy who doesn’t play particularly smart and that he puts up big stats in losses. Well find somewhere else to bang on, knock! Gooden helped lead the Bucks to a 3-0 week as Milwaukee steamrolled the Nets, Cavaliers and Warriors. No, none of those teams are particularly good, but you can only play the team your scheduled to play, says I. And the Bucks handled their business while getting better as the week progressed. Friday’s steamrolling of the Warriors was downright impressive.
So congrats to you Drew Gooden. We all know this is just the beginning of where you’re heading this season.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.