Thursday, January 03, 2013

Greivis Vasquez Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of December 24-30. Vasquez is the full time starter at point guard for the New Orleans Hornets this season (his third season in the NBA), and he currently tied for 3rd in the league in assists with 9.0 per game.

From the NBA's press release:
Vasquez, who averaged a double-double with 21.0 points and a league leading 10.0 assists, led the Hornets to a 2-1 week which included wins over the Orlando Magic on Dec. 26 and the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 29. He also led the Western Conference in minutes per game, playing 41.7 per contest. In New Orleans' lone loss, 104-97 to the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 28, Vasquez fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing the game with 20 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Dec. 26 @ Orlando: Posted 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a 97-94 win over the Magic.

Dec. 28 vs. Toronto: Tallied 20 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in a 104-97 loss to the Raptors.

Dec. 29 @ Charlotte: Recorded 16 points, eight assists, four rebounds and four steals during a 98-95 win over the Bobcats.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune notes that this is the first time Vasquez has ever won a Player of the Week honor:
The New Orleans Hornets finally got some national recognition of a positive nature on Monday when point guard Greivis Vasquez was named the Western Conference player of the week.

It's the first time this season that any Hornets' player has been afforded any such honors, as well as the first time in Vasquez's career he has won the award. [...]

The NBA honor lead to this longer feature about Vasquez in the New Orleans paper, and how he's getting back to work after the brief celebration:
"It is (a nice honor) for the organization and Greivis. I'm sure they threw a parade for Greivis somewhere in Venezuela – he's such a hero down there," Monty Williams said Tuesday. [...]

"I was shocked; I wasn't really thinking about getting player of the week," Vasquez said of the honor. "But it's a good thing for me and for the team. This means the hard work pays off. We've been working hard and I'm not going to change anything. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, approaching this the way I'm approaching it.

"I want to help the team win and I want to be the starting point guard for this team for a long time."

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