Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey, Jazz’s Deron Williams named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Detroit Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey and the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 13.

Stuckey led the Pistons to a 3-0 week, averaging 27.0 points on .529 shooting from the field, 6.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. On Dec. 12, Stuckey led the Pistons with a season-high 29 points and added seven assists, helping Detroit to its fifth straight victory, a 104-95 win over Golden State. On Dec. 9 at Philadelphia, Stuckey led all scorers with 27 points, including the game-winning field goal with 8.7 seconds remaining.

Williams averaged 21.8 points, 11.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 3-1 week. In consecutive games — Dec. 10 vs. Orlando, Dec. 12 vs. L.A. Lakers — Williams led the Jazz in scoring and assists. The wins snapped Orlando’s six-game and the Lakers’ 11-game winning streaks. Williams (10.1 apg) is one of only three players averaging 10 or more assists (Steve Nash, Phoenix, 11.1; Chris Paul, New Orleans, 10.4).

Here is a recap of the week for Stuckey and Williams:

Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons

Dec. 9 @ Philadelphia: Posted 27 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a 90-86 win over the 76ers.

Dec. 10 vs. Denver: Scored 25 points to go along with three assists and two steals in a 101-99 win over the Nuggets.

Dec. 12 vs. Golden State: Tallied 29 points, seven assists and two rebounds in a 104-95 win over the Warriors.


Deron Williams, Utah Jazz

Dec. 7 vs. San Antonio: Tallied 17 points, 11 assists and three rebounds in a 104-101 win over the Spurs.

Dec. 9 @ L.A. Lakers: Recorded 17 points, eight assists and two rebounds in a 101-77 loss to the Lakers.

Dec. 10 vs. Orlando: Recorded team highs of 32 points and 15 assists, to go along with eight rebounds in a 120-111 win over the Magic.

Dec. 12 vs. L.A. Lakers: Posted team highs of 21 points and 11 assists, and added four rebounds and two steals in a 102-94 win over the Lakers.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Houston’s Carl Landry, Memphis’ Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Phoenix’s Steve Nash, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy and Toronto’s Chris Bosh.