Today the NBA announced Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Jan 26th through Feb 1st. This is Randolph’s fourth career weekly honor after having been named Player of the Week for weeks ending on Jan. 9, 2011, Jan. 30, 2011 and April 3, 2011. With four Player of the Week Awards, Randolph surpasses Pau Gasol for the most such honors in franchise history.
Randolph led Memphis to a 4-0 week with averages of 20.5 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.6 minutes, making .516 percent from the field (32-of-62 FG) and .818 from the free throw line (18-of-22 FT). Randolph ranked second in the conference in rebounds per game and was the only player in the league to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per game.
The 14-year veteran posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game three times this week, ending the week with 21 points and 18 rebounds (10 offensive) in a Jan. 31 home win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game marked Randolph’s eighth career performance with at least 20 points and 10 offensive rebounds, the most among active NBA players. He also recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six assists in a Jan. 26 home victory against the Orlando Magic and tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 19-point road triumph over the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 27.
Since returning from injury on Jan. 9, Randolph has notched 12 consecutive double-doubles, the longest streak by any NBA player this season and trailing only a 14-game streak in January 2011 for the longest in his career.
Randolph is averaging 17.1 points, a career-high tying 12.2 rebounds (3rd in the NBA) and 1.7 assists in 32.6 minutes in 38 games (all starts) this season, shooting over 50 percent from the field (.506) for the third time in his career for the Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies (35-12), who own the second-best record in the Western Conference and third-best in the NBA.
Watch Zach play with the rest of the Grizzlies at one of these games.