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Gooden, Bynum named players of the week

Mar 19, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ Drew Gooden and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 12, through Sunday, March 18.

Gooden, Milwaukee’s second consecutive Player of the Week winner (Ersan Ilyasova), led the Bucks to a 3-0 week behind averages of 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

Bynum led the Lakers to a 3-1 week, which included wins over the Grizzlies and Timberwolves. Bynum led the West in rebounding (14.8 rpg) and placed second in scoring (27.5) while shooting .665 from the field (fourth in the Conference). Bynum collected a point-rebound double-double in all four of the Lakers’ games, including a 37-point, 16-rebound in a 116-111 win over Memphis on March 13.

While last week was simply a continuation of Andrew Bynum’s long-awaited breakout season, it was a complete outlier for Gooden, a 30-year old forward averaging 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds on 44.3% shooting for the Bucks this season.

  1. losangelasbasketball - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    There should be a term for when players are playing up because their team is giving them more touches to display there skills to strengthen their trade value… any ideas? Like…. The Lakers are trying to boost Bynum’s trade value so they are currently “flexing” him…. any good?

  2. sellahh - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    And you wanted to give up this guy for Dwight? I’m so glad this trade never happened. I love Bynum, love his passion, hell there’s even sth about those cheapshots he takes that makes me feel good about him as a Laker fan. Dwight, on the other hand, is a primadonna who can’t touch Bynum on the offensive end, period.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Um, have you watched Dwight Howard play?

      • socaldrew - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Sure have. All power. No finesse. Bynum is the more polished offensive player. If he could learn to pass out of the triple team he might be something. Ride Superman all you want, Kurt. The rest of us (especially Lakers fans) can see Dwight is lacking offensively and that most of his points come from put backs and alley-oops. He’s the best big man in the league, but certainly not the most polished… much like Shaq when he was in Orlando.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        Dwight passes far better out of the double team, he has a better running hook and he has a 12-foot jumper (sort of like Duncan, loves the bank). If you don’t see that, you haven’t watched Howard closely in two years. Also, the whole “all he can do is dunk” thing you are leaning toward — that’s the highest percentage shot in basketball. If all you do is dunk and you score a lot of points, I’m good with that.

      • sellahh - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        If your basketball insight level is just as high as quality of your articles, I think I’ll stick with my point. Bynum is a much more complete offensive player and easily the best offensive true center in the NBA. Ask Shaq. Not to say that what Shaq says isnt ridiculous because most of the time it is, but I guess he knows a little about offensive centers.

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