Iverson and Stoudemire capture NBA monthly honors
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson and
Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire were named NBA Players of the Month for
games played in April.
Iverson won the award in the Eastern Conference after leading the league in
scoring by averaging 32.8 points per game. He was fourth in the league in
assists, as he posted 9.1 per game and also added 4.2 rebounds per contest.
On April 6 against Charlotte, Iverson poured in 48 points and added eight
assists and seven rebounds in Philadelphia’s 106-103 win. The four-time NBA
scoring champion also netted 38 points and handed out 16 assists in an April
14 victory over Miami before recording 43 points the following night in a
90-86 win over Indiana.
The Sixers qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed and will take on
defending champion Detroit in the first round.
Stoudemire garnered the honors by ranking second in the Western Conference
after posting 25.9 points per game and hauling in 10.7 boards per outing.
During the month, Stoudemire scored 44 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a
127-119 loss to Golden State on April 8. In the regular-season finale on April
20, Stoudemire ended with 30 points, 11 boards and three blocks in Phoenix’s
loss to Sacramento.
The Suns enter the playoffs having captured the No. 1 overall seed and will
begin with a first-round series versus Memphis.
Other nominees for the awards included Chicago’s Tyson Chandler, Dallas’ Dirk
Nowitzki, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Golden State’s Baron Davis, Houston’s
Tracy McGrady, and New Jersey’s Jason Kidd.
The NBA also announced Coaches of the Month for April and New Jersey’s
Lawrence Frank and Dallas’ Avery Johnson captured those awards.
Frank led the Nets to an 8-2 mark in April and New Jersey closed out the month
by winning its final four games, including Wednesday night’s 102-93 win over
Boston that clinched the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. During the
month, the Nets limited opponents to 91.5 points per game and their 10.2 point
differential was second only to Dallas.
New Jersey, though, has the unenviable task of battling Shaquille O’Neal and
top-seeded Miami in the first round of the postseason.
Johnson guided the Mavericks to a 10-1 mark in the final month of the season,
which was his first full month since replacing Don Nelson. Johnson has gone
16-2 since taking over full-time on March 19, including a season-ending nine-
game winning streak. During the month, Dallas held its opposition to 91.1
points per game on 42.8 percent shooting.
The fourth-seeded Mavericks will take on fifth-seeded Houston in the opening
round of the playoffs.
Other nominees for the Coach of the Month award were Denver’s George Karl,
Detroit’s Larry Brown and Philadelphia’s Jim O’Brien.