He was recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a reason, and this week, for that same reason, he tops our outstanding African player list. Nigerian-Greek All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing like a man on a mission.
He is a significant part of the reason why the Milwaukee Bucks have gotten off to an 8-2 start and are sitting on the second spot in the Eastern Conference.
Antetokounmpo is averaging team leading 25.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game as well as 5.9 assists per session, while shooting 54.4 percent from the field, and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
He appeared in all three of the Milwaukee games over the past seven days and averaged a double-double, with his standout performance coming in the Bucks 144-109 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday in which he had a triple-double with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Our second top Africa player for this week is Congolese forward Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors. He has started off the season reenergised and will be part of helping the Raptors end the regular season with a high seed.
Ibaka is currently averaging a career-high 17 points per game to go with 7.9 rebounds, one assist and a team leading 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 74.3 percent from the charity stripe.
The big guy from Brazzaville had quite an eventful week and helped the team from the North maintain a five-game winning streak. He started all of the team’s four games and scored in double digits in all of them.
Ibaka’s most notable performance for the week was in the team’s 121-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night in which he had a season-high 34-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The third notable African talent is Cameroonian All-Star Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, who looks poised to have yet another breakout season and lead his squad to another postseason appearance.
The ‘Process’ is averaging 27.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game and is leading the Sixers in points, rebounds and blocks per game.
The past seven days saw him start all three of his team’s games and his points and rebounds were both in double figures. His top performance of the season was in the 76ers’ 109-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night in which he put up 39 points and 17 rebounds.
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