NBA Players of the Month
As the end of January has passed and the start of February has arrived, the NBA has announced their Players of the Month for each respective conference. The following players were rewarded…
Eastern Conference Players of the Month: DeMar DeRozan & Kyle Lowry
In the first month of the 2016 season, the player of the month honor will go to two teammates. And like last year (2014-15) when the Hawks’ starting five (Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap and Horford) were named players of the month. The Toronto Raptors’ starting backcourt; DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both named this year’s Eastern Conference January players of the month this season. Both DeRozan and Lowry played large parts in carrying the Raptors to a 12-2 record in January, including ending the month on a hot streak, winning 11 straight.
DeRozan comes in ranked second in the Eastern conference in scoring, with 23.9 PPG, to go along 4.2 RPG and dishing 3.8 APG. DeRozan scored 30+ points in four games, including a season-high 35 points in a win over the Wizards.
This is the second time both DeRozan and Lowry have won the Player of the Month award.
Most Notable Game @ WSH W, 97-88
35 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist
As for DeRozan’s teammate, and the Raptors’ point guard, Lowry was in total control over the month and his numbers showed it. As for the month, he notched 21.7 PPG, while dishing 6.7 APG, and being a menace of the defensive end, accumulating 2.36 SPG.
Most Notable Game vs. BKN W, 112-100
31 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds
Western Conference Player of the Month: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant was on an absolute tear over the month of January for the Thunder as he was second in the NBA in scoring, with 28.5 PPG. Durant was a beast on the boards, averaging 9.3 RPG, while dishing 4.3 APG. Like DeRozan, Durant also notched his season high in the month of January, recording 44 points in OT win over the Knicks. With Durant’s strong play, he was able to help the Thunder rack an impressive 13-3 record and show why he is the most sought after free agent, come this off-season. This is Durant’s 13th Player of the Month award.
Most Notable Game @NYK W, 128-122
44 Points, 14 Rebounds, 5 Assists