Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Okafor and Harris named Rookies of the Month

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Charlotte Bobcats forward/center Emeka Okafor
and Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris were named Eastern and Western
Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in November.

Okafor posted averages of 13.5 points and 10.1 rebounds last month. He closed
November with five consecutive double-doubles and finished with seven overall
for the month.

Okafor, the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, netted a career-high 26
points against New Jersey on November 30 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds
versus Detroit on November 23.

Harris averaged 8.6 points, 2.7 assists and 1.56 steals per contest last
month, helping Dallas to a 10-6 record. He had a stellar game against Phoenix
on November 16 when he collected 15 points, six assists and five steals.

Meanwhile, Orlando head coach Johnny Davis and Seattle head coach Nate
McMillan were named Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month,
respectively, for November.

Davis guided the Magic to an 8-5 record, a significant improvement from last
year’s 0-14 start. It marks the best beginning for Orlando through 13 games
since the club went 10-3 during the 1998-99 season.

McMillan led the Sonics to a 13-3 mark in November. Seattle had a nine-game
winning streak during the month and led the league in three-point field goal
percentage (39.2).