Raptors’ Norman Powell named Eastern Conference player of the week


Norman Powell's improvements in 2019-20 can be attributed to his mental game. (John Amis / AP)

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference player of the week for the first time in his career, the league announced.

LeBron James took home the honour for the Western Conference.

Throughout the past week, Powell helped lead the Raptors to a perfect 3-0 record as the team continued their west coast road trip, scoring an Eastern Conference-best 31.3 points per game during that stretch — which included a career-high 37 points against the Golden State Warriors.

In addition to his scoring, he added 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting an efficient 56.1 per cent from the field.

Powell’s win marks the 10th time in Raptors history a player has been recognized with the honour, joining Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jalen Rose, Mike James, Lou Wiliams, Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard.


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