The NBA announced him as one of the Players of the Month on Monday alongside Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers, once again backing up our decision to make Nigerian-Greek All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo this week’s African Player of the Week.
The 6-foot-11 young leader of the Milwaukee Bucks continues to be the team’s floor general and has attracted praise from his teammates for his leadership capabilities.
He’s had a great start to the 2018-19 season and is a major part of the reason that the Bucks are currently 15-7 and second in the Eastern Conference.
Antetokounmpo is currently averaging a career-high 27 points, 13.2 rebounds and six assists, while being on the floor for about 38.2 minutes per session.
He is also shooting 57.8 percent from the field, 11.5 from 3-point range and 69.2 from the charity stripe. He leads Milwaukee in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and minutes played per game.
Over the past seven days he played in all three of Milwaukee’s games and managed to get a double-double in all of them. His most notable performance was in Milwaukee’s win against the Chicago Bulls last Wednesday, in which he had a 36-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Hot on Giannis’ heels this week is Cameroonian All-Star Joel ‘The Process’ Embiid, a young center that has lit a flame in Philadelphia and helped make the 76ers exciting to watch again.
The 7-footer from Yaoundé is having an MVP-calibre season, averaging 27 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. With a 58.1 true-shooting percentage, Embiid is scoring efficiently. With two blocks per game, he’s also anchoring the Sixers’ defense as the team tries to find its way back to last season’s form.
He started all three of the Philadelphia 76ers games during the past seven days and also averaged a double-double, with his standout performance coming in the 76ers’ win over the New York Knicks last Wednesday with a 26-point, 14-rebound double-double.
Our second runner-up this week is a player that has become another Cameroonian sensation—Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam. The 6-foot-9 power forward is coming into his own and has so far been impressive on both ends of the floor.
A first-round draft by the Raptors in 2016, he was seconded to the team’s affiliate G-League team, the Raptors 905, in 2017 and won the championship and MVP accolade that same year.
In 2018 he returned to the Raptors and has just been getting more efficient with every game.
He’s currently averaging 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, 33.3 from 3-point range, and 78.2 from the free-throw line.
He featured in all three of Toronto’s games over the past seven days and scored in double digits in all appearances. His best outing came in the Raptors’ statement win against the defending champion Golden State Warriors last Thursday, in which he had 26 points.
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