The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 6, through Sunday, April 12. Boston’s Isiah Thomas was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
This is Duncan’s 23rd time earning Player of the Week honors, which is tied for fourth all-time (Karl Malone and Allen Iverson) since the award was established prior to the 1979-80 season. He becomes the second-oldest player in NBA history to receive the award behind Reggie Miller who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on April 3, 2005 at the age of 39.
Duncan averaged 17.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.25 blocks, 2.5 assists and 1.50 blocks while shooting .650 (26-40) from the field as the Spurs went 4-0 for the week, extending their win streak to 11 games. He tallied 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting and added 10 rebounds and three rejections on April 10, including a block on Houston Rockets guard James Harden with 2.9 seconds remaining that sealed a 104-103 victory for San Antonio. Duncan followed that up with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 25:51 minutes in a 107-91 win vs. Phoenix on April 12.
For the year, Duncan is averaging 13.9 points, a team-best 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.97 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game while shooting .510 (413-810) from the field and .739 (227-307) from the foul line. He currently ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks and 15th in rebounding. Duncan has totaled 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 steals for a 17th season, the most by any player in the NBA since 1973.