Doff your cap to the New York Knicks’ Jalen Brunson for earning his second NBA Player of the Week honors. The NBA announced the recipients from each conference on Monday. Jalen took the title for the East; De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings was chosen from the West.
Also notable: Knicks’ teammate Julius Randle was a runner-up for the award.
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox and New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 4 of the 2023-24 season (Nov. 13-19). pic.twitter.com/EQdBT0Xd7t— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) November 20, 2023
The Knicks (8-5) have played a difficult schedule through the early part of this season. Last week was a perfect example: After starting on Sunday at home against Charlotte, the Knicks played the next night in Boston, Wednesday in Atlanta, Friday in Washington, and Saturday in Charlotte for a rematch. That’s two back-to-backs to bookend the week.
Over that span, the Knicks went 4-1, largely due to the consistently stellar play of Brunson. In his last five games, Jalen averaged 26.8 points, 5.4 assists, and three rebounds while shooting 49% from the field and . . . wait for it . . . 54% from beyond the arc. And he scored back-to-back 32 point games in the most recent back-to-back.
These kind of honors aren’t new for New York’s top point guard. Not only was he Player of the Week once before (Jan 16, 2023), but he was also the NBA’s Player of the Month for February 2023.
Don’t shed any tears for Julius, either. He was twice decorated as the Player of the Week (April 19, 2021; March 6, 2023) and also Player of the Month, back in April 2021. Given how Julius is bringing it all together lately, it’s a foregone conclusion that another POTW nod is just around the corner.
For now, however, we bask in the glory of Brunson. Congratulations, Jalen! Now go trounce the T’Wolves!