Is this 2019, or 2009? For the first time since March 10, 2014 – when he was a member of the New York Knicks – Carmelo Anthony has been named a Conference Player of the Week.
Barely two weeks after returning to the league as a Portland Trail Blazer, Anthony’s strong play has been recognised by the league, with his naming as the Western Conference’s player of the week.
Portland went 3-0 in the last seven days, beating the Bulls twice as well as the Thunder, with Anthony averaging 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in that span. Since signing with the Trail Blazers last month he is averaging 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30.7 minutes per game, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.
Before signing with Portland, Anthony had not been sighted in the league since Nov.8 2018, when he played his final game as a member of the Houston Rockets.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was named Eastern Conference Player of the week; his Bucks went 4-0, and Antetokounmpo put up gaudy averages of 34.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in that stretch.