In yet another chapter of his fantastic breakout season, Rockets guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of April 2-April 8. It’s the first national recognition for the surging Rockets this season, who have flown under the radar in spite of climbing all the way up to 6th in the Western Conference playoff race with no All-Star.
Dragic averaged 20.7 points, 8.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals as the primary catalyst to wins over Chicago (21 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), L.A. Lakers (26 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Sacramento (15 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds). Having reached double figures in scoring in his last 18 games, Dragic – who earned his first Player of the Week award – is tallying 10.6 points, 4.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.21 steals per game this season. He’s started the last 15 games in place of Kyle Lowry and has held the team afloat during a brutal late-season schedule in the midst of a hellacious playoff race.
Dragic beat out Memphis’ O.J. Mayo, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Utah’s Al Jefferson for NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.