CHRIS WILCOX NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SEATTLE â€“ The NBA announced today that Sonics forward Chris Wilcox has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9. Wilcox averaged 23.0 points and 15.3 rebounds while shooting 75.0 percent (27-of-36) from the field during the week to help the Sonics extend their winning streak to a season-long four games. The league honor is the first of Wilcoxâ€™s career and the first for a Sonics player this season.
Wilcox began the week by posting 26 points and a career-high 24 rebounds in a 104-87 win over Houston on April 4, becoming the first Sonics player to post a 20-point/20-rebound game since Shawn Kemp did so on Nov. 15, 1995. Wilcoxâ€™s 24 rebounds were also the most by a Sonics player since Jack Sikma grabbed 25 boards on Feb. 10, 1983. Wilcox also dished out a career-best six assists at Portland last Friday, April 7, and has recorded double-doubles in scoring and rebounding in four consecutive games.
After averaging 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 48 games with the Clippers this season, Wilcox has posted 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game since joining the Sonics on Feb. 23.
The New York Knicksâ€™ Jamal Crawford was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.25 steals per game. He hit two game-winning jumpers to lead the Knicks to a 3-1 record during the week. Crawford grew up in Seattle and was a prep basketball star at Rainier Beach High School
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Clevelandâ€™s LeBron James, Dallasâ€™ Dirk Nowitzki, New Jerseyâ€™s Jason Kidd, Orlandoâ€™s Dwight Howard, Sacramentoâ€™s Mike Bibby and Seattleâ€™s Ray Allen.
The Seattle Sonics & Storm organization manages the Puget Sound regionâ€™s professional basketball franchises â€“ the NBAâ€™s Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBAâ€™s Seattle Storm. The organization oversees all sales, marketing, finance, public relations and basketball operations for the teams. The Basketball Club of Seattle LLC owns both teams.