Monday, March 28, 2022

Jayson Tatum earns back-to-back Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Jayson Tatum has won Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

It's the fourth occasion this season that the Celtics All-Star has been recognized as the best player in East -- tying Larry Bird -- including consecutive weeks and for a third time this month winning the award.

Tatum becomes the first Celtic to take home back-to-back Player of the Week honors. He also is just the second player in NBA history to earn the award three times in the same month, since LeBron James back in January of 2012.

The Celtics went 3-0 this past week (against OKC, Utah and Minnesota) to extend their win streak to six and climb to the top of the East, while Tatum continued to add to an already outstanding month by averaging 32.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks from March 21 to March 27 -- the most by any player in the conference.

In only his fifth year in the league, Tatum is now averaging a career-high 27.1 points, a career-high 8.1 rebounds, and a career-best 4.3 assists -- propelling the Celtics to the top of the standings and himself into the MVP conversation as well.

Phoenix Suns superstar guard Devin Booker was awarded Western Conference Player of The Week.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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