Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns and Celtics forward Jayson Tatum have been named the NBA’s Players of the Week for the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, respectively, the league announced Monday (via Twitter).
Towns’ Timberwolves went 3-0 during the week of Dec. 13-19, with victories over the Nuggets, Lakers and Mavericks. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 28.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.7 SPG and 1.3 BPG on .547/.375/.870 shooting in those three games (33.9 MPG).
The Celtics’ quest for a perfect week was denied by the Warriors on Friday. Boston still went 2-1, and Tatum had a big three-game stretch. He put up 31.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 4.0 APG with a .500/.361/.867 shooting line in 38.8 minutes per contest.
Towns beat out fellow finalists Deandre Ayton, Dillon Brooks, Nikola Jokic and Damian Lillard in the West, while the other Eastern finalists were Kevin Durant, Darius Garland and Fred VanVleet (Twitter link).