Paul Millsap was recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. Millsap had an oustanding week, averaging more than 21 points and seven rebounds per game.
The Player of the Week Award was the first for Millsap, and it was the 13th ever for the Atlanta Hawks franchise as a whole. Along with the near double double average in points and rebounds, Millsap also averaged 3.8 assits, 2.5 steals, and 2.0 blocks in 31 minutes per game.
Millsap has had to carry a larger load than normal due to the injures of Jeff Teague and Macedonian superstar Pero Antic. This isn’t the first time this year where Millsap has been asked to carry a large load on the offensive end.
The first time that Millsap was asked was when Al Horford went down earlier this year with yet another pectoral injury. Hoford, who missed most of the 2011-12 with the same injury, but to the other side, will most likely miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.
With no Horford, Millsap has filled the void well and has made a strong case to be selected to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as a Eastern Confernce reserve. where he will join the likes of Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Paul George as they take on Blake Griffin and the red-hot Kevin Durant, who is on a historic tear through the league.
A selection to the 2014 All-Star Game would be huge for Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks, who have not produced their fair share of All-Star selections in the recent past.