Paul Millsap Earns First Player of the Week Honor

Monday, January 27, 2014
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

Paul Millsap has put the Hawks on his shoulders since Al Horford went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.  As Atlanta continues to lose bodies to varying injuries, Millsap has been the constant that has held the team together.

Monday was the first step in him getting the long-overdue recognition he deserves.  After averaging better than 21 points and seven rebounds while leading the Hawks to a 3-1 record last week, the NBA named Millsap the Eastern Conference player of the week.  It’s Millsap’s first ever Player of the Week award and the franchise’s 13th overall.

In addition to 21.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in four games, Millsap also averaged 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in 31 minutes per game (.508 FG%, .815 FT%).

Hopefully this award is a prelude to a much bigger honor that Millsap could get on Thursday – his first ever All-Star nod.

The Hawks are 7-7 since Horford went down, and Millsap will have to shoulder even more of the load with Jeff Teague and Perio Antic also out with injuries.

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images

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