76ers’ Thaddeus Young, Warriors’ David Lee named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Philadelphia 76ers’ Thaddeus Young and the Golden State Warriors’ David Lee today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 5.

Young helped the 76ers to a 3-0 week, with all three wins coming on the road. He averaged a conference-best 25.0 points on .566 shooting from the field (ninth in the conference), 7.7 rebounds, and tied for the league lead with 3.67 steals. Young’s balanced play on Jan. 2 – 28 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists – keyed Philadelphia’s 113-104 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Lee averaged 24.5 points (sixth in the conference), 10.5 rebounds (sixth in the conference) and 3.5 assists in helping the Warriors to a 4-0 week. He posted two point-rebound double-doubles on the week, including tying a season-high with 32 points to go alongside 14 rebounds on Jan. 2, during a 123-114 win over the Miami Heat. All four of the Warriors’ wins came away from Oracle Arena, extending their road winning streak to six games, and their overall winning streak to nine games.

Here is a recap of the week for Young and Lee:

Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers

Jan. 1 @ Denver: Posted 17 points and 10 rebounds during a 114-102 win over the Nuggets.

Jan. 2 @ Sacramento: Tallied 28 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists during a 113-104 win over the Kings.

Jan. 4 @ Portland: Scored 30 points on 14-of-20 field goals, and added six rebounds and three steals as the 76ers closed the week with a 101-99 win over the Trail Blazers.

David Lee, Golden State Warriors  

Dec. 31 @ Orlando: Tallied 22 points and nine rebounds in a 94-81 win over the Magic.

Jan. 2 @ Miami: Posted 32 points and 14 rebounds during a 123-114 win over the Heat.

Jan. 3 @ Atlanta: Scored 23 points and added eight rebounds and three assists in a 101-100 win over the Hawks.

Jan. 5 @ Washington: Collected 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a 112-96 win over the Wizards.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, Miami’s LeBron James, New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.