November 7, 2016, 12:52 pm
Cleveland’s LeBron James and Utah’s George Hill were named Players of the Week for the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively. It’s a well deserved honor for both men in a week filled with tremendous performances around the league.
It’s no shock that LeBron takes home another honor. He’s led the Cavs to an undefeated opening stretch with averages of 24.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists. The smart money is on James picking up a few more of these weekly honors before the year is up. They’ll be added to his NBA-record 55 others. James beat out Eastern Conference nominees like Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRozan and Kemba Walker.
Hill, on the other hand, has never been named Player of the Week before in his nine-year career. The point guard arrived in Utah following an offseason trade from the Pacers and has not disappointed. The Jazz are an up and coming team that was hampered by poor guard production last season. Raul Neto was given the reigns following Dante Exum’s preseason injury and helped Utah to a narrow playoff miss. Hill, ever the steady presence, should propel the Jazz to new heights this season. With averages of 20.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists, Hill beat out Chris Paul, Devin Booker, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and Blake Griffin for the award. That’s pretty elite company.