Martin and Garnett named NBA Players of the Month
New York, NY (Sports Network) – New Jersey’s Kenyon Martin and Minnesota’s
Kevin Garnett were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month,
respectively, for games played during the month of February.
Martin averaged 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.62 blocks per game, as the
Nets went an NBA-best 11-2 for the month.
He collected 24 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Miami on February 4 and
then scored a season-high 29 points and pulled down eight boards in a triumph
over Philadelphia four days later. On February 21 against New Orleans, Martin
chipped in 23 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, as the Nets defeated the
Hornets. He also had a 25-point, 15-board effort in a victory over Toronto on
Garnett, who also captured the monthly honor in December and January, averaged
25.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, helping the Timberwolves
to an 11-4 mark in February.
He contributed 32 points, 13 boards and nine assists in a win over
Philadelphia on February 1 and then poured in 35 points and hauled in 12
rebounds in a triumph over Cleveland on February 6. In a victory over
Sacramento on February 19, Garnett scored 22 points, grabbed 24 boards and
handed out four assists.
Other nominees for NBA Players of the Month were Dallas’ Steve Nash, Detroit’s
Ben Wallace, Houston’s Yao Ming, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, Memphis’ James
Posey, Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire, Portland’s Zach Randolph, Sacramento’s
Peja Stojakovic and Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko.
Cleveland’s LeBron James and Denver’s Carmelo Anthony were named the Eastern
and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played
during the month of February. James and Anthony each won the award for the
fourth consecutive month.
James averaged 21.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest in
February, while Anthony led the Western Conference rookies in scoring for the
month with a 27.1 ppg average.
Lawrence Frank was named February’s Coach of the Month in the East after
leading the Nets to 11 wins in 13 games, while Hubie Brown took honors in the
West, guiding the Memphis Grizzlies to a 10-3 mark. Frank produced the best-
ever start by any coach/manager in professional sports, winning his first 13
games after taking over for the fired Byron Scott in late January.